What goes around comes around. But besides the obvious (and justifiable) revenge angle, this happens to be an excellent, talented challenger for a relatively undistinguished council member. The headline could just as easily been about the stunning $40,000 in fundraising Carlos pulled together in a short time or the rare and coveted 32BJ endorsement. I was pleased be a small contributor to the campaign myself.
Accordingly, Ms. Velázquez is now hoping to unseat Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez, who endorsed Ms. Velázquez's primary challenger last year. And she's given the maximum contribution to Ms. Gonzalez's opponent, Carlos Menchaca, part of an overall haul of $40,000 overall in just two weeks.
"I am impressed by how much Carlos has achieved in such a short period of time," Ms. Velázquez said in a statement this morning. "He is a fundraising powerhouse with a large coalition of progressive leaders, activists, and organizations boosting his campaign; he will have the resources and support to win."
In the same press release, Mr. Menchaca, a former staffer in Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Borough President Marty Markowitz's offices, also touted his SEIU 32BJ endorsement over the weekend. He was the only challenger to an incumbent council member to receive the union's nod.
Here's a fun fact. Although Red Hook is part of CB6, and part of District 38, I have never once seen Sara Gonzalez in person at a CB6 meeting. It's only a part of the District, true. But I couldn't tell you how many times we've seen Brad Lander or Steve Levin (a lot). Not to say she's never attended, but I do make most meetings, and I couldn't pick her out of a lineup if my life was at stake.