The closer the race, the greater the temptation to campaign the day before the primary — September 11th.
At a press conference today, I asked Yvette Clarke, whose congressional race in Brooklyn looks like a toss-up, about campaigning that day.
“I don’t believe it’s a day for active campaigning,” she said.
It should be pointed out that, as of this morning, Clarke had a fundraiser scheduled for Monday. (Text of the invitation is after the jump.) Shortly after the press conference, I was told that she rescheduled.
Meanwhile, Chris Owens is campaigning, sort of: he’ll be receiving a visit from Rep. Maxine Waters, an outspoken anti-war critic, to attend a “remembrance” event. Which is kind of a statement in and of itself.
Carl Andrews, according to a spokesman, will be “attending a couple of memorial services but will not be campaigning.”
An aide to David Yassky said he’ll be going to his synagogue and is not scheduled to attend any public events.
As for that other potentially competitive race, Andrew Cuomo’s spokesman said he will “be attending memorial services and 9/11 related events. The campaign will not be holding any public events or doing any street campaigning.”
Mark Green’s campaign manager said Green will be doing “very little” that day, but added the following: “We might do a quick endorsement presser around noon.”
— Azi Paybarah
The Final Reception for Yvette D. Clarke
I want to thank you for supporting Yvette throughout the campaign. We have successfully shared Yvette’s message with the voters of Brooklyn’s 11th Congressional district and we are now only 5 days away from Primary Day!!! That leaves only 3 business days for our final push to raise money to fund the crucial last stretch before the election.
We are going to send the best representative to the United States Congress and we need your support to make that happen!
To that end, we are asking you to join us at our last fundraising event of the cycle. On Monday, the 11th of September, I hope that you will join Yvette and her host committee to show her how much we want her to be the next Congressional member from Brooklyn.
Reception for Yvette D. Clarke
DATE: Monday, September 11
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: The Home of Allen Roskoff, [Address Redacted]
Sponsors: Platinum $1,000, Gold $500, Silver $250, Bronze $100
Hon. Anthony Weiner
Hon. Betsy Gotbaum
Hon. Bill deBlasio
Hon. Rosie Mendez
Hon. H. Carl McCall
Hon. Ronnie Eldridge
Hon. Alan Fleishman
Hon. Catherine Abate
L. Londell McMillan
Maria Passanante Derr