Monday, February 21, 2005

Brooklyn Politics by Erik Engquist

Feb 21, 2005
REALITY CHECK FOR NY TIMES: The New York Times called it “an unexpected setback” to Rep. Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign when the Democratic clubs of Councilman Lew Fidler and district leaders Bernie Catcher and Mike Geller endorsed other candidates.

Our question is, unexpected by whom?

Given that Weiner has no patronage or pork to offer, his chances for endorsements by clubs and other politicians are minimal. We’re not sure why the Times ran a story at all.

Certainly endorsements by these (or any) clubs are not crucial to a campaign. As one reader noted, Geller’s Kings Highway club backed Mark Green for mayor in 2001, yet Mike Bloomberg got 71 percent of the vote in the club’s 45th Assembly District.

In 1998 the club also endorsed Joel Garson over the late Lena Cymbrowitz for Assembly (Cymbrowitz won with 40 percent, Garson was a distant third with 17 percent) and Dan Feldman over Weiner for Congress (Weiner won, Feldman finished fourth).