U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens), who is the leader of the Queens Democratic Party, has endorsed Michael Scala in his bid against Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).
“I’m proud to endorse Mike Scala, a tireless transportation advocate and civic leader, for City Council,” said Crowley. “Mike is a dedicated fighter for his community, a candidate of unwavering principles and he is the clear choice for the people of the 32nd District on Nov. 7.”
Scala won the Democratic primary—besting William Ruiz— for the seat in September and is now the party’s nominee in the general election for City Council.
In the endorsement announcement, the Queens Democratic party criticized Ulrich for changing his stance on the state’s Constitutional Convention.
“This time, the defensive incumbent attempted to walk back his support of the convention, after previously calling it ‘uniquely situated [to achieve] pension entitlement reform,’ then claiming he supported it as long as pensions were untouched,” the Queens Democratic Party said.
In a statement, Ulrich said, “”My opponent will say this is a typical flip flop. He will say whatever people want to hear because he is desperate to win this election. That’s politics. I would argue the contrary. Elected officials have a right and responsibility to evolve and to take into consideration the views and values of the voters. That’s democracy. I believe it is a sign of maturity, not political expediency.”
Scala said that he was proud to be endorsed by Crowley.
“Principles matter,” said Scala. “It’s a privilege to be supported by Congressman Crowley, who recognizes that working people deserve better than leadership that needs to be dragged, kicking and screaming to our side.”