Name recognition, you either have it or you don’t.
Ali Najmi, a community activist and political organizer that worked for Councilman Weprin, gears up to primary his brother, Assemblyman David Weprin. Sure it makes this race a little more curious but does Najmi have a realistic shot? No. Even with a growing Muslim population in that district? No, not as long as they have 188th St. (not to mention $220,000 and it’s only May).
[From Capital New York] Assemblyman David Weprin raised $75,000 at a birthday fund-raiser in Manhattan last week, leaving him with $220,000 cash on hand as he faces a potential primary challenge.
Attendees at Weprin’s birthday party included Public Advocate Letitia James, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli (who spoke about Weprin’s expertise on financial matters), Rep. Joe Crowley, chairman of the Queens County Democratic Organization, and Queens borough president Melinda Katz, who served with Weprin in the Council before running in a crowded primary against him for City Comptroller in 2009.
The potential challenger, Ali Najmi, is a lawyer and political operative who was the president of Weprin’s local political club and once worked for his brother.
Najmi is also a founding member of the Muslim Democratic Club, which determined in an analysis last year that the largest cluster of Muslim voters live in that eastern section of Queens.
Full article: http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/05/8544934/weprin-raises-against-familiar-challenger