Crowley, Katz and Vallone – three peas in a pod


| lpenner@queenscourier.com |

To the victor go the spoils.  Don’t be surprised when Congressmember and Queens County Democratic Party Chairperson Joseph Crowley and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz reward State Senator Tony Avella, New York City Councilmember Leroy Comrie, Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik and New York State Senator Jose Peralta for being loyal members in good standing. They all took the “hint” from Crowley, folded their tents and endorsed Katz, prior to the September primary.  Even Avella assisted Katz by dropping but not endorsing Peter Vallone, Jr.  After losing the September primary, Peter Vallone Jr. withdrew as an active Conservative Party candidate in the general election against Melinda Katz.  After November, each will be rewarded by Crowley by either becoming deputy borough president, working for the next NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James or be designated as the “official Queens County Democratic Party clubhouse” candidate for future public office.

Peter Vallone, Jr.’s brother Paul has his own problems.  All of Paul Vallone’s Democratic Party primary opponents running in the 19th New York City Council district located in northeastern Queens (College Point, Auburndale, Bayside, North Flushing, Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Douglaston, and Little Neck) including Austin Shafran, Paul Graziano, John Duane and Chrissy Voskerichian along with State Senator Tony Avella had serious concerns about Vallone’s primary campaign tactics and independent expenditures on his behalf.  I would love to listen in when Congressmember and Queens County Democratic Party Chairperson Joseph Crowley calls them and asks that they endorse Vallone in the general election against Republican challenger Dennis Saffran.  Crowley wants a 100 percent united Democratic Queens Council delegation so he can promote his own candidate for NYC council speaker.  I predict his horse in the race will be another Weprin, this time younger brother NYC Councilmember Mark Weprin.  (Remember older brother David lost twice in 2001 and again in 2005 for NYC Council Speaker)  Perhaps the third time will be a charm for a Weprin.  Only community civic activist Paul Graziano has been a profile in courage by crossing party lines to endorse GOP candidate Saffran.  The other candidates, Shafran, Duane, Voskerichian along with Avella have yet to join Graziano and cross party lines to endorse GOP council candidate Saffran.  Don’t be surprised when all return as loyal Democrats in good standing by taking the “hint” from Crowley to let bygones be bygones and endorse Vallone.  Even if they don’t endorse Vallone, by remaining on the sidelines, they are still helping Vallone by failing to motivate their supporters to cross party lines and vote for Saffran.  Watch in November as many of them will be rewarded by Crowley with employment in the Democratic administration of Mayor de Blasio, City Comptroller Stringer, Public Advocate James, Queens Borough President Katz or be designated as the “official Queens County Democratic Party clubhouse” candidate for future public office.

Except for those indicted while holding public office, when was the last time you’ve seen any former Democratic Party public official unemployed?  The Queens County Democratic Party machine can always be counted on to reward the “party faithful”.  All too often this is on the taxpayers time and dime.  Just take a look at who purchases tickets and dinner journal ads at the upcoming Annual October Queens County Democratic Party fundraising dinner and see for yourself.  The political quid pro quo is obvious.