Sure, nobody has announced their candidacy yet, but if there's activity on Facebook, well that's good enough for us.
Last week, a Facebook group called “Leroy Comrie for Queens Borough President in 2013” (view) made its appearance on the popular social networking site. As of press time, eight people had joined the group.
The group also has some "likes" of its own, showing support for politicians, such as Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Kirsten Gilllibrand, and even "Ruben Diaz for Mayor in 2013," as well as news organizations such as CNN and, ahem, “news” organizations like GQ. There's also some perplexing "likes" thrown in there, too, such as Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Chanel. (We guess they are trying to build a wide base of support.)
Comrie said he didn't know who started the Facebook group, but was flattered for the support.
A political insider that Pol Position spoke with recently said they believed that if he ran, Comrie would have the best shot to win the seat, which Helen Marsall will have to vacate after three terms in office thanks to term limits.
The insider said that Comrie was popular across the borough, but especially in southeast Queens, large portions of which he represents in the City Council. That area of the borough generally has a high voter turnout, which would benefit Comrie.
Former Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer was widely believed to be the heir apparent to Helen Marshall, but chose not to seek the post when the mayor and City Council pushed for the term-limits extension, making it possible for Marshall to seek her third and final term.
Earlier this year, Pheffer accepted the post of Queens County Clerk, making any future run for borough president highly unlikely.
The other name that as been tossed around as a potential candidate for the office is Astoria Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr., although at this point any campaign of his would just be scuttlebutt and conjecture.
That said, Vallone also has his own Facebook group (view), and 88 people "like" his group. So, if you can't wait until fall of next year to cast your vote, do the next best thing (some might even say better) and go "like" your choice on Facebook.
Although, we're sure at some point in the not-so-distant future the number of "likes" a candidate has on Facebook will hold way more sway than any tally of votes the Board of Elections can certify.