Category Archive: Seeing 10 steps ahead

Mar 03 2014

John Liu: Congress still an option


It ain’t over till it’s over.

John Liu, hometown hero, antes up and denies widespread rumors of a challenge to Congresswoman Grace Meng in NY6, even offering his endorsement to the beloved incumbent in his hometown.

Despite the endorsement, rumors are still floating about Liu gunning for Congresswoman Nydia Velazaquez’s seat, a fact he doesn’t deny, so it still seems a run for Congress (where you only have to be a resident of the state to run in a district) is still an option for Liu.

[From The PolitickerJohn Liu still won’t rule out another try for elected office. 

The ex-comptroller and mayoral candidate refused to swat down rumors that he is mulling a bid against Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, even as he put another batch of rumors to rest by endorsing his own congresswoman, Grace Meng, for re-election.

“Let met me just say that rumors are rumors and I’m not in the business of denying nor confirming rumors. So I’ll leave it at that,” Mr. Liu told reporters at the endorsement press conference today. “Obviously we have a capable incumbent in the 7th District [Ms. Velázquez’s district] as we do in other districts that rumors have been floated about me.”

When Politicker asked if Mr. Liu would rule out a congressional bid of any kind–he was also rumored to be mulling a challenge against Ms. Meng before he endorsed her today–Mr. Liu played coy. 

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Feb 26 2014

Showdown At City Hall

showdown1It was like the showdown at the O.K Corral.

A tall, thin, bespectacled state rep had the unmitigated gall to go into City Hall to try and intimidate the young, brash, independent, and bald-headed council member.

And what was the reason? This state rep continues to be the political panderer extraordinaire that wants to suck up to a mother-and-son lobbying team carrying out their wishes wherever he goes — yet their power continues to diminish.

This twiggy state rep failed to see the writing on the wall. His confrontation fell on deaf ears and the constituency knows what’s going on. No one is giving in. You’ve clearly backed the wrong horse.

Change is coming folks. 


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Feb 20 2014

Leroy Comrie To Run Against Malcolm Smith?

Senator Comrie?

Senator Comrie?

The race for Malcolm Smith‘s senate seat is heating up.

Despite his federal corruption charges, Smith has defiantly declared his run along with attorneys Munir Avery and Clyde Vanel, but there’s still talk of one more candidate entering the race.

Perhaps one of the most credible democrats from south Queens is Leroy Comrie, a former City Councilman now serving as Deputy Borough President under Melinda Katz.

According to inside sources, Comrie is being urged to make a run by Queens Democrats.

Do they smell blood? Absolutely, Smith is weak. Is it a long shot? Maybe. Can it be done? Certainly. Comrie has more than ample name recognition, the ability to raise money, plus he’s a skilled campaigner and an experienced statesman, so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him restore integrity in the wake of Malcolm Smith’s political scandals, or to see why people would want him to do it.

Surely, the deputy borough president is a cushy gig with a nice salary, an office with a view of the remains of a beautiful fountain, even a driver – but this may not be the dream job of a skilled lawmaker.

Leroy Comrie, will you run again?


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Aug 01 2013

Erik Dilan: Executive Director Of The BOE Or Future Assemblyman?


If I were to advise Dilan, I’d keep my distance from Lopez, I’m not willing to disparage him just because of the association.

Looking beyond the rumors of Erik Dilan seeking the $173,000-a-year job at the Board which has been vacant for nearly three years, sometimes the media is not fair when it wants to link someone to Vito Lopez just for a racy headline.

Underneath this “coverage” is a story yet to be told.

Erik Dilan has always been an independent victor in the City Council fighting leadership, but the news wants to link him to Vito Lopez, and truthfully that’s fair. Dilan has been an ally and supporter of Lopez and Ridgewood-Bushwick.

But anyone who knows Erik Dilan knows he is not owned by anyone especially Vito Lopez. Generally speaking, just because you’re an ally doesnt mean you’re controlled by them. So beside the potential move to the executive director position everyone seems to be gossiping about, this term limited councilman deffinitly has a lot more options at his disposal. Let’s take a look.

Most pols at the end of term limits find themselves with their back against their wall with no where to turn but Dilan is known as a talented and loyal public servant. He’s a formidable candidate: Dilan is a hard worker and a tireless campaigner.

What a lot of folks seem to have overlooked is that Dilan is the leading candidate to fill what many people expect to be an open assembly seat when Assemblyman Rafael Espinal wins the 37th city council district.

But wait, that’s not all. Dilan will also have options in a Thompson or DeBlasio administration as a possible Deputy Mayor – not to mention opportunities for this rising star in the private sector.

But perhaps what was most telling was Mayor Bloombergs desperate attempt to increase his chance of defeating stop and frisk legislation by having Dilan vacate his seat, truth is Eric Ulrich is also rumored to be weighing his options at the Board, but we digress.

A year wiser, a year stronger, Dilan also has a greater chance at beating Congresswoman Nydia Valasquez now more than ever should he throw his hat in the ring.

Needless to say, sky’s the limit for this term limited councilman from Brooklyn.


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