Halloran v. Ackerman?
Feb 23, 2010 | 18276 views | 0 0 comments | 537 537 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Could Congressman Gary Ackerman face a Republican challenger - perhaps a more formidable one than he has had to face in other elections – come this November?

He will if the president of the Whitestone Republican Club gets his way.

According to the blog www.bluecollarcorner.com, Anthony Carollo is spearheading the “Draft Dan Halloran for Congress” movement, which apparently has hundreds of supporters.

In case you're not familiar with northeast Queens politics, Halloran is a Republican who stunned the 19th District by winning the City Council seat of the outgoing Tony Avella, despite a heavily orchestrated smear campaign focusing on Halloran's pagan beliefs by the Queens Tribune.

Many in the district blame the smear campaign on Ackerman. Just how much Ackerman had to do with the potentially damaging - but ultimately harmless - articles is tenuous at best. True, Halloran was running against Kevin Kim, who worked in Ackerman's office, and Ackerman did found the Queens Tribune, but just how much he was directing the editorial content of the paper is publicly unknown. At any rate, the local perception is that he could have stepped in and stopped the mudslinging, but didn't.

And now it looks like he's going to have to deal with a disenfranchised voter base. According to bluecollarcorner.com, when asked Halloran was apprehensive about a run for Congress. That, however, doesn't mean the Republicans won't try to find an equally strong candidate to run against Ackerman.

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