City Councilman Eric Ulrich, campaigning for the Republican nomination to take on incumbent Senator Joe Addabbo, got a nice little boost for his campaign this afternoon when he announced that Congressman Pete King is endorsing his electoral effort. Although Mr. King doesn’t represent the Queens district, his turf isn’t too far away and the veteran representative very well might be the state’s top GOP official.
“Eric understands that the way to put New Yorkers back to work and grow our economy is by lowering taxes on families and small businesses and reigning in the reckless government spending that has created unsustainable deficits and threatens our competitiveness,” Mr. King said in the statement. “His conservative principles of limited government, safe streets and a strong quality of life will make him an excellent representative in Albany and I urge all Republicans to vote for him on September 13th.”
In order to make that trip to Albany, Mr. Ulrich will first need to defeat attorney Juan Reyes in the primary. Mr. Reyes is backed by the dominant faction in the bitterly divided Queens Republican Party.
Despite the divide, however, Mr. Ulrich has mopped up plenty of establishment support, including Mr. King’s House colleague Bob Turner. Unlike Mr. King, of course, Mr. Turner represents a good portion of Mr. Addabbo’s newly redistricting seat — one Queens operative estimated as much as 80%.
Majority Leader Dean Skelos and the State Senate’s Republican conference have also backed Mr. Ulrich, and their campaign committee has showered him with hundreds of thousands of dollars to help make him the favorite to get the GOP nod on September 13th. To wit, Mr. Ulrich currently has over $350,000 in his campaign war chest, while Mr. Reyes is closer to $20,000.
Update: Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy emails in a response:
“How appropriate that while Senator Addabbo was down at City Hall supporting stronger gun control legislation Eric Ulrich was accepting the endorsement of a right wing Congressman who has voted against common sense gun regulations even supporting decreasing the waiting period required to buy a gun. “