BY JON CRONIN
City Council District 30 contender Robert Holden has confirmed that he will run on the Republican line in this November’s general election after having been defeated by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) in the September Democratic primary.
“Yeah, why wouldn’t I?” asked Holden. “I think it can only help with no Republican running.”
Holden said that he was unsure if running on the GOP line would boost his chances in the race.
“I haven’t really thought about it that much,” he said. “My concern is going door to door [and] campaigning. It’s still a grassroots campaign. I have tons of volunteers.”
He pointed out that he has not yet hired a firm to handle public relations for his bid. Holden said now that he has maxed out on campaign contributions and will get $100,000 in public matching funds, he will look into hiring a firm.
He noted that once he hires a strategy firm, he will use it to reach out to the four party lines on which he is running.
On Sept. 27, Crowley criticized Holden for taking the Republican Party’s nomination, calling it a “bait and switch,” after the GOP’s previous nominee, attorney Joseph Kasper, a Howard Beach resident, accepted a judgeship nomination.
“‘Angry Bob’ has really been ‘Lying Bob’ this whole time,” said Crowley in the statement. “He clearly always planned to run as a Republican after the primary, but lied to voters time and again these past four months. What’s worse, he used taxpayer money to fund his campaign of lies and lay the groundwork for this despicable bait and switch. If we can’t trust Bob as a candidate, then we certainly can’t trust him in elected office.”
“It’s ironic that she’s claiming bait and switch—when someone offers you a line, you take it,” Holden responded, pointing out that Crowley is also running on three party lines.