Austin Shafran is a bad choice for Northeast Queens.
Now here he is, a textbook opportunist that has never been seen in this community now gearing up for an election in a district that has rejected him from the get-go.
But all that aside, for some reason, Shafran thinks he has the right to run in a district that has never seen or heard from him.
Granted, it’s the right of every person to run for office, but that doesn’t mean they’ve earned the right.
Case in point, at his campaign announcement there were no community or civic leaders present, just Party hacks and his piggy bank.
No offense, but it’s kind of blatant at this point. Here’s a guy who took a patronage gig in the Governor’s office (did we mention no private sector experience?) to give a certain political consultant access just like he did when he got the patronage gig. And that’s what this is all about, access. Access to Northeast Queens so we can sit here and watch our resources poured into the pockets of some bigshot lobbyist.
However, we must give some kudos to Evan Stavisky, who is rumored for once his life to have made the right choice when he chose to support (and take the money of) another candidate.
Seems old grudges die-hard. For as well-connected as Shafran is with the Party, his connection to The Hank Scheinkopf School of Corruption has not been forgotten, and according to reports, may have cost him the party nomination – even if said consultant was not hired.
Sure, you’ll see the Young Democrats stomping around for him, but what does that really mean? Is that enough? The people of Northeast Queens do not know this man and what we do know is that we’ve never seen him.
More on this to follow.