Assembly Candidate Champions Endorsement From Top Democrat She Never Received

The back of the Shirley Patterson palm card with the Comptroller Stringer endorsement.

The back of the Shirley Patterson palm card with the Comptroller Stringer endorsement.

Shirley Patterson, a Democratic district leader in Brooklyn, is running for an open Assembly seat today with the support of Comptroller Scott Stringer, according to the palm cards her campaign workers are handing out to voters.

The only problem? Mr. Stringer never endorsed her.

Mr. Stringer proudly backed a rival, Diana Richardson, who is also endorsed by the left-leaning Working Families Party. Mr. Stringer was so enthusiastic about supporting Ms. Richardson that he held a press conference at City Hall for her, rather than just send out a press release to reporters.

Ms. Patterson has plenty of support in the Crown Heights and Flatbush-based district. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and his ally, State Senator Jesse Hamilton, are pushing her candidacy. On her palm card, she even touts the endorsement of the father of Clarence Norman, the former assemblyman and Democratic power broker who served several years in prison on corruption charges.

A Brooklyn Democratic source said the incorrect literature from Ms. Patterson’s camp is being distributed outside polling places in the district today. A source close to Ms. Patterson conceded that this was the case, but claimed the palm cards were printed after Mr. Stringer, behind the scenes, promised to endorse Ms. Patterson.

“The palm card is old and was printed at a time when Scott had told Senator Hamilton he was going to endorse Shirley and then he changed his mind, went back on his word and endorsed Richardson,” the source said. “If somebody goes back on their word on the endorsement, you’re not gonna take the hit [and waste the palm cards]—campaigns don’t have much money.”

Mr. Hamilton did not return a request for comment. Tucker Green, a spokesman for Mr. Stringer, did not confirm or deny the scenario the Patterson source described.

“The only candidate that Scott Stringer endorsed was Diana Richardson,” Mr. Green said.

The special election to replace Karim Camara, who resigned to take a position in the Cuomo administration, will feature no candidates on the Democratic Party line due to a series of bizarre paperwork errors. Ms. Patterson is running as the Independence Party candidate, Democratic District Leader Geoffrey Davis is running on a ballot line of his own creation and Menachem Raitport is the Republican and Conservative Party candidate.

Polls close at 9 p.m.

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Ms. Richardson is running on the Green Party line. She is not.

Assembly Candidate Champions Endorsement From Top Democrat She Never Received