Last week, we wrote about the choice of some rank-and-file members of the Queens County Republican Party to buck their own leadership and back Nicole Malliotakis for mayor, while the party has officially back Paul Massey in the upcoming September Republican Primary.
The folks supporting the assemblywoman from Brooklyn included Marie Lynch (president of the Frank Kenna Republican Club), Phil Orenstein (president of the Queens Village Republican Club), Mike O'Reilly (president of the Rockaway Republican Club) and Marvin Jeffcoat (president of the Sunnyside Republican Club).
In a release prior to the event, City Council candidate Joe Concannon, who is running against Councilman Barry Grodenchik in a northeast Queens district, was also listed among the supporters for Malliotakis.
However, a release sent after the event noticeably didn't contain any quotes from Concannon, although he did attend the event.
Maybe that little detail was enough for Massey to get over being snubbed by Concannon for Malliotakis, because he certainly isn't holding a grudge about it.
Massey can't get Concannon's support for his own run, but that doesn't mean Massey won't support Concannon's own campaign.
On June 21, Massey announced his endorsement of Concannon.
“I can think of no person I’d rather have in the City Council and working with my administration," Massey said. “I look forward to celebrating with Joe after election day and getting to work for the people of New York in January.”
Slow down Paul! You still have a primary before you even get a chance to face Mayor Bill de Blasio in November's General Election, so let's hold off a bit on making plans for a victory party.
Which actually makes the timing of the endorsement a little odd. Concannon doesn't have a Republican challenger (the Queens GOP is having a hard time fielding one candidate in a race these days, let alone two!), so if Massey doesn't win the primary, his endorsement won't mean a whole lot leading up to the general.
But since Concannon supports Malliotakis and Massey supports him, it looks like Concannon has most of his bases covered regardless.
Hey, take the endorsements when they come!
Speaking of early endorsements, we also wrote last week that members of the Queens County Republican Party were a little upset with the party leadership's quick backing of Massey, feeling that if they had vetted Malliotakis a little more thoroughly, she might have proven to be a better candidate and deserving of the official party support.
Well, we might have a reason for their quick support. A source sent us a screen shot from the New York City Campaign Finance Board website last week revealing that on October 31 of last year, Massey donated $10,000 to the Queens County GOP.
We're pretty sure for a cool $10K we could get on the Massey bandwagon as well! Nicole who?