There's been a lot of attention lately focused on the race for New York's 6th Congressional District, the new seat carved out of Queens thanks to redistricting based on the 2010 Census. And it will give some young up-and-comer in the world of Queens politics the golden opportunity to take their talents all the way to Washington, D.C.
And the list of candidates includes some real fresh faces will lofty aspirations, including Assemblyman Rory Lancman, Assemblywoman Grace Meng, and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley all vying for the Democratic Party nod, the winner of which will face Councilman Dan Halloran on the Republican side in a general election.
And then there are real “up-and-comers” like this Dr. Robert Mittman character, who not only came out of nowhere, but even had the political fortitude to stave off the dreaded challenge of his petitions and signatures, a piece of political gamesmanship that so often sinks doe-eyed political novices before they even get a chance to start kissing babies and glad-handing commuters.
Mittman proved that he had enough valid signatures to get on the ballot, so come this June 26, registered Democrats will be able to give their vote to Mittman if they so choose.
So let's get to know him a little bit, shall we. Here's some stats from his bio:
• Mittman was born and raised in Bayside. His father was a pharmacist in Jackson Heights and his mother served as a New York City public school teacher.
• After graduating from Queens College where he served in the Student Senate and as Student Body president (his only political experience, we guess) he went to medical school and became a doctor.
• Mittman has been practicing on Bell Boulevard in Bayside for the past 20 years, with a specialization in allergies. He has treated thousands of our seniors, children and family members, maybe even one of yours.
• He is a Mason and member of the Brandeis Lodge, originated by his father.
• He founded the Bell Boulevard Street Fair and the Bayside Business Association and “Mittman’s Medics” has graced the uniforms of one of Bayside Little League’s teams for two decades.
• He has been married to his wife Susan for 20 years and they have two children.
So there you have it. Here's some thoughts from Mittman himself:
“I decided to run for the United States Congress because I believe that our government is no longer working in the best interest of the people. Something is wrong in Washington and as a lifelong community resident, a parent, a voter and medical doctor, I am here to offer a 'Prescription for a Healthy Economy.'”
Medical puns...we love it!
So, seemingly out of nowhere, Robert Mittman's name will now officially appear on the Primary ballot. Welcome to the sideshow...uh...we mean party, Dr. Mittman.