It’s the coalition-building candidate versus the historic candidate, in NY-06:
"The Assembly district that I have right now is incredibly diverse," he said. "On any given week, I can be in a Korean or Chinese church, a synagogue, a Sikh temple, a Bangladeshi mosque, you name it. That diversity of my current district really prepares me well to run in the sixth congressional district.
"So I have a great relationship with the Asian community, the Chinese community, the Korean community, the South Asian community, both the Bangladeshi community, the Indian community, the Sikh-Indian community, the Hindu-Indian community. And of course, also part of the Asian community, the Bukharian Jewish community."
"By the way," he added. There’s a Korean church and senior center down the street, and "I’m there often enough that people think I’m a congregant."
It looks like “the evil Reaper spaceship.” [David King]
A “fascinating piece of map making.” Democratic incumbent Neil Breslin gets more Democratic voters. [Nick Reisman]
For a freshman Republican who flirted with switching parties, Republicans drew a one-county district “with far fewer African-Americans.” The district in connected “by the narrowest slivers of unpopulated land along Fuhrmann Boulevard.” Not crossing county lines means endorsement decisions are kept within the county, without involvement from the state parties. [Tom Precious]
“I’m not so off the reservation on social issues,” [Councilman Eric Ulrich] joked. The progressive views he holds come from a sense of moral imperative, he said. “It’s the Catholic guilt at work,” he said. “You think Jews have it bad. Trying being a former seminarian.”
With a rogue faction lead by the notorious Haggerty brothers boycotting the meeting in favor of an unauthorized meeting in South Richmond Hill, technically Phil Ragusa won re-election with 100% of the vote.
Robert Hornak, spokesman for Queens Republican County Organization