Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan has received the endorsement of the Independence Party, allowing the Republican to run for Congress on three ballot lines in an upcoming special election, his campaign announced today.
“Dan has proven time and again that he puts people before politics,” said Independence Party Chairman Frank MacKay in a statement. “His integrity and commitment to public service is unparalleled. With all of the important issues facing our city and nation right now, I know Dan is the right man for the job.”
The Independence Party has courted controversy in the past–many of their members accidentally register for the party, thinking they are simply “independent” voters–but their endorsement has proven helpful in the Staten Island and Brooklyn-based 11th Congressional District. Former Congressman Michael Grimm, a Republican who resigned in January after pleading guilty to a federal tax evasion charge, won three elections with the help of votes on the Independence line. Moderate Democrats in particular may prefer to vote for Republican candidates without giving votes to the GOP line.
Mr. Donovan, who also has the Conservative Party endorsement, is the prohibitive favorite in the race against Brooklyn Councilman Vincent Gentile, a Democrat. The special election is set for May 5.
“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the Independence Party in my campaign,” Mr. Donovan said. “The middle class is being ignored and we need a representative in Washington who will fight for tax relief, more good-paying jobs and better transportation options.”