BY JAMES FARRELL
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) told the Queens Tribune that he would stay out of the City Council race for District 30—the battle between incumbent Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) and Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden.
Avella had previously endorsed Holden, a lifelong Democrat and longtime community activist, over Crowley in the Democratic primary. However, after Crowley won the primary, the Queens County Republican Party offered Holden an opportunity to run on the GOP line in the general election against Crowley. Holden accepted the offer, but has said that he still considers himself a Democrat and rejects party politics.
For Avella, however, the change in party made it impossible for him to support Holden in the general election.
“The endorsement was for the Democratic primary, he lost the Democratic primary, that’s the end of the story,” Avella said.
He added that he believed Holden was doing good work in the community, but that he couldn’t endorse a Republican. He added that he would not endorse Crowley, either.
“I have never in my political career endorsed a Republican candidate,” he said. “I’m staying out of the race.”
Holden did not respond to a request for comment.
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