Brooklyn District Leaders to Meet as Speculation Increases

The fallout from the allegations against Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez does not look like it’s slowing down anytime soon.

City & State spoke with District Leader Walter Mosley, an ally of the county organization and a candidate for the State Assembly this year, who ominously indicated that the district leaders will be holding a meeting in the near future. A majority of district leaders would be able to select a new leader of the Kings County  Democratic Party.

“These are serious allegations that have serious consequences,” Mr. Mosley told the publication. “It is my understanding that there will be a meeting in short order with the district leaders to discuss the appropriate next steps. I will be participating in this meeting and will hold off on making any public comments until that time.”

Meanwhile, Brooklyn politicos are rampant with speculation about who the next leader might be if Mr. Lopez were to be suddenly shoved aside. One name that’s popped up in a few places is District Leader Frank Seddio, an affable lawyer from southeastern Brooklyn and an ally of the Democratic establishment. He did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Mr. Seddio, however, is a candidate for the City Council to replace the term-limited Lew Fidler, a position that cannot be held while simultaneously leading the county’s Democratic Party.

Other names that have been tossed around include Mr. Fidler himself, who would have to resign in order to assume the position, and soon-to-be Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, whose path, if he even wanted it, is complicated by not currently being a district leader.

Mr. Lopez, of course, has vowed to hold on, and it remains to be seen how quickly the pressure against him will escalate.

Brooklyn District Leaders to Meet as Speculation Increases