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Nov 08 2011

Peter Koo, RINO

 From City Hall news: Are the rumors of Councilman Peter Koo’s anger at the Queens Republican Party overblown? In recent days, about 15,000 Chinese residents in Queens have received 40-second robocalls from Koo, telling them in Mandarin to vote for Robert Beltrani, who is running for Queens Supreme Court justice with the backing of Queens GOP chairman Phil Ragusa. Koo crossed party lines and endorsed Democrat David Weprin in his congressional race this summer, and is said to have a few qualms with party leadership, but this act of pure party loyalty may tamp down some of the speculation about Koo switching affiliations.

I got the same robocall in English from Dan Halloran. Also, I sensed some tension between James McClelland, Koo’s chief of staff and Phil Ragusa based on some comments he made here. Rumor has it he keeps Koo distant from the factions in the local Republican party.

What’s really going on behind these headlines?

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