One of the consequences of redistricting is that Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez picked up a larger swath of Brownstone Brooklyn and Park Slope, but Park Slope Councilman Brad Lander has her back. He’s raising money for her next Sunday and again the Wednesday the week after, according to invitations he’s sent out to his supporters.
“Nydia is in a tough reelection fight. We need Nydia in Washington fighting for us and she needs our support to win,” Mr. Lander wrote. “So I hope you can join me and other Brooklyn progressives for a brunch to support her reelection campaign.”
Ms. Velázquez, of course, is being challenged in the Democratic primary by multiple challengers, the most notable among them being Councilman Erik Dilan. As with everything in Brooklyn Democratic politics, there’s always plenty of palace intrigue, and Mr. Dilan is not only Mr. Lander’s colleague but also the candidate backed by the Kings County Democratic Party. In addition, Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the county’s Democratic leader, is a stark political opponent of Ms. Velázquez.
It should be said that Mr. Lander’s support doesn’t necessarily come as a huge surprise. Ms. Velázquez backed Mr. Lander in his own competitive race for the City Council in 2009 and Mr. Lander joined Ms. Velázquez in backing the candidate opposed by the county organization in a special election for the State Assembly last summer. With his latest move, Mr. Lander, a possible candidate for Brooklyn Borough President in 2013, seems to be further allying himself with the reformers opposed to Mr. Lopez than with the establishment.
However, Mr. Lander isn’t the only local council member who’s weighed in on the race. Councilman Steve Levin, who represents a lot of the new territory Ms. Velázquez picked up in redistricting, has officially endorsed Mr. Dilan.
Read Mr. Lander’s full fundraising note below:
In Washington, D.C., Social Security, Medicare, and the safety net are under attack by politicians who put the interests of the wealthy ahead of the interests of the many. We need a representative who fights cuts and presses for progressive solutions to get our country back on track.
That’s why I’m glad to have Nydia Velazquez as my congressional representative. In her 20 years representing our diverse Brooklyn community, Nydia has been a voice for those who need it most, advancing civil rights, job opportunities, and workers’ rights.
But Nydia is in a tough reelection fight. We need Nydia in Washington fighting for us and she needs our support to win.
So I hope you can join me and other Brooklyn progressives for a brunch to support her reelection campaign.
I would like to invite you to a brunch at the home of neighbors Leah Archibald and Dave McBride in Park Slope in support of Nydia Velazquez for Congress.
Sunday, June 3rd 11 AM – 1 PM
The home of Leah Archibald and Dave McBride in Park Slope (RSVP for exact address)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
If you would like to support Nydia, but cannot make it on the 3rd, you can still contribute by going to her website: nydiamvelazquez.com.
Hope to see you at the brunch – and don’t forget to vote in the primary on Tuesday, June 26th.