2012-06-20 / Features


Primary Endorsements 2012

Gazette Endorses Grace Meng In 6th CD

There will be several congressional primaries on the ballot next Tuesday, but the most contentious one is the Democratic battle to decide who will be the Democratic candidate for the 6th CD post, which includes the northern tier of the borough from Ridgewood to Little Neck.

In that sizzling race, the Queens Gazette’s choice very clearly is Assemblymember Grace Meng from Flushing.

Meng, born in the U.S. of Asian- American parents, has been a workhorse in the Assembly on issues directed toward working middle class families, and had advocated strongly for immigrants, minorities, women, children and seniors.

For these constituencies, Meng wants to be a “voice for the voiceless”. Her platform is also heavily community oriented. And for her district, which is made up of many different ethnic groups, she states she will work tirelessly “to build bridges” between them.

To represent this newly-drawn district, we feel Meng is a perfect fit for the job, and the Gazette wholeheartedly endorses her to be the Democratic nominee and the congressmember for the 6th CD.

Meng clearly possesses the qualities that make her a standout among her opponents who include Assemblymember Rory Lancman (Fresh Meadows), Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley (Glendale), and Dr. Robert Mittman, a doctor from Bayside.We strongly urge a vote for Meng.

Gazette Endorses Nydia Velazquez In 7th CD

In the 7th CD, which includes parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, the Gazette endorses Congressmember Nydia Velazquez in the 7th CD Democratic primary and for re-election to Congress. Velazquez is a champion of small businesses and a keen watchdog for her district.

Gazette Endorses Turner For GOP Nomination

A major Republican Party primary contest will also be held to choose a candidate for U.S. Senator to oppose U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who’s seeking a full six-year term in November.

The Gazette clearly endorses Congressmember Bob Turner, representative of Middle Village, who last year won a special election to replace Anthony Weiner. But Turner’s district was wiped out in the reapportionment and he decided to run for the U.S. Senate.

Turner has been keeping his nose to the grindstone in Congress, and even with some hometown boy influencing us, we endorse him over Wendy Long, a Manhattan attorney, and George Maragos, the Nassau County comptroller.

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