BY JOE MARVILLI
On Monday, the Queens Democratic Party threw their support behind former Comptroller John Liu in a bid to unseat State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
The announcement came on the morning on May 19, seemingly settling the questions and rumors on Liu and his plans for 2014. In the September primary for the 11th State Senate District, he will go up against Avella, who angered the QDP when he switched to Independent Democratic Conference.
Liu was selected by the QDP for his Democratic values and his history as a legislator and advocate, according to the organization’s chair, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights).
“Northeast Queens deserves a representative in the State Senate they can trust to support our Democratic principles, and not empower the Republican Caucus,” he said. “That is why, as Queens Democrats, we are proud to support John Liu. His experience as a legislator and tireless advocacy on behalf of the people of Queens is exactly what we need to ensure our values are well represented in Albany.”
Avella’s move to the IDC angered Democrats because it once again put the off-shoot political group into a power-sharing situation with the Senate’s Republican Caucus, taking the majority away from the Democratic Party. The Senator responded to the news by saying that his constituents support him and his record, regardless of where he falls in the Senate power structure.
“I’m proud of my record – fighting for the working class residents of Queens and delivering on core Democratic legislation that makes a meaningful difference in their lives. I work for the people I represent – not for the Queens party bosses or political insiders,” he said.
Liu’s camp declined to comment as of press time and noted that the former Comptroller would hold an event in the coming week to discuss his candidacy.
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