Assemblyman Rory Lancman got a nice boost for his congressional campaign yesterday when he received the formal backing of the Jewish Press. The endorsement, which might be the first one from a newspaper in the race, comes as Mr. Lancman is competing against Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Assemblywoman Grace Meng in a Democratic primary for a northeastern Queens Congressional District.
“In an extensive interview with The Jewish Press, Mr. Lancman impressed us as someone we would like to see in Congress voting on issues important to the Jewish community,” the publication wrote about their preferred candidate. “He displayed a deep understanding of the nature of Israel’s struggle with its neighbors and why it’s important, for both Israeli and American interests, that the United States ’tilt’ toward Israel.”
The endorsement also reflects some of the messaging in the campaign that has occasionally tilted heavily towards Israel and the district’s Jewish community. Mr. Lancman is the sole Jewish candidate among the main contenders for the seat, but all of the candidates except Ms. Crowley — including Republican Dan Halloran — proclaimed their strong support for Israel in their campaign announcements. Mr. Lancman’s campaign logo even resembles the Israeli flag.
The various candidates in the race have also been rolling out other endorsements in recent days. Ms. Crowley announced that CWA Local 1101 and the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association are supporting her while Ms. Meng received the high-profile endorsement of Congressman Gary Ackerman, who was previously running for reelection in the district before announcing his retirement.