By GERSON BORRERO
The meeting was over before the eggs could get cold.
“It was over in a matter of 20 minutes,” a dissatisfied attendee at the Queens Democratic Party’s hastily organized Monday-morning breakfast meeting first reported in my Bochinche column.
“There was no pretense. The only point of the meeting was to keep the big loser as Boss,” the bochinchero said.
Not that it was a slam dunk by Rep. Joe Crowley. There were four dissenters who had nominated fellow Congressman Gregory Meeks to succeed Crowley, going on to suffer a stunning loss in the June 26 primary to unknown political novice Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Among the four dissenters was Hiram Monserrate, who was elected district leader in the September 13 primary.
When Meeks’ name was mentioned as the candidate for county chair, a smiling Crowley asked, “Does Meeks know about this? He’s my friend and colleague in Congress. We work together.”
Said a supporter of Crowley, “It was a silly move. They really looked stupid. And the vote by acclamation was resounding for Joe.”
A notable absence at the breakfast meeting was that of Senator José Peralta.
A bochinchero opined, “He’s a coward. Instead of showing up and making a statement as to his relevance, he opts to stay away from the process.” The bochinchero added that Peralta didn’t want to vote for Crowley, “but didn’t have the balls to vote against Crowley, who screwed him.”
After all is said and done, Joe Crowley remains Boss of the Queens Democratic Party for the next two years.
That’s not the azúcar some wanted to sweeten their café.
Gerson Borrero is a veteran political journalist and editor-at-large for the Queens Tribune. His weekly Bochinche column, with exclusive scoops and insider gossip, is emailed to thousands of subscribers.