Anthony Como, who had a cup of coffee in the City Council after he won a special election to replace Dennis Gallagher only to be defeated five months later by Elizabeth Crowley in 2008, has announced that he will challenge State Senator Joseph Addabbo this fall.
A source close to Pol Position said that the State Republican Party had been conducting their own polls in the district, which showed Como edging out Addabbo. According to the source, surprised by the results the party bigs did a second poll, just to make sure that voters knew that his name was Anthony Como, and not Anthony Cuomo, and that there was no connection to the powerful political family.
The poll numbers apparently didn't change, and still showed Como with a lead over Addabbo.
Since he lost his seat, Como has been a perennial applicant. First, his name was bandied about as the man to replace Shaun Donovan as commissioner of the Department of Housing and Preservation Development. After several months of speculation and rumors, Como never received the post.
Lately, Como has been the Republican choice as the new executive director of the Board of Elections. However, a partisan stalemate between the Republicans and Democrats that has left the selection of a new executive director up in the air for months. According to the source, there was some thought that Como might use the poll numbers to end the stalemate and get the ten commissioners to agree to select him for the job.
The thinking goes: if Como is executive director of the Board of Elections, then he can't be on the ballot and possibly oust Addabbo this fall, upsetting the delicate (and completely dysfunctional) balance between the two parties in the State Senate.
If that was indeed Como's endgame, it isn't anymore. He is officially (for now, anyway) going to challenge Addabbo in a district that has not been lacking in surprises as of late, going back to Albert Baldeo's nearly shocking upset of longtime Republican State Senator Serphin Maltese, and then Addabbo's victory, which ended Maltese's long run representing the district. (Not to mention the resignation of now-jailed Anthony Seminerio, the former assemblyman who represented the district and was convicted of taking bribes.)
So for now, Anthony Como is back on the scene in Queens politics