Blogger’s Delight
May 24th, 2006

With the proliferation of political blogs, the race in Brooklyn’s 11th congressional district is getting more than its share of ink — or whatever it’s called in cyberspace.

Yesterday, State Assemblymember Nick Perry dropped out of the race to fill the seat once held by Shirley Chisholm and now being vacated by Major Owens. This came a day after the Daily Politics reported Perry was conducting a poll to find out “how his opposition to gay marriage would play in a largely Carribean and black district.” Maybe the answer was “not too well.”

Perry said he had little chance of winning and, according to Empire Zone, worried that his presence in the race “would have added to the danger of causing the loss of a seat in the Congressional Black Caucus.”

Perry and three remaining contenders in the predominantly black district are black, but the one white candidate — Councilmember David Yassky — has outpaced everyone else in fundraising. Yassky also has the dubious distinction of being the only candidate in the 11th with an entire web site that exists only to attack him. StopYassky.com claims to represent “concerned New Yorkers” asking only that Major Owens’ “replacement not be David Yassky.” Others attribute the site to people with more complicated motives.

After Perry’s withdrawal, Room 8 reported that another contender, City Councilwomen Yvette Clarke will revamp her campign. “Yvette wants to shift gears and move into winning stride,” the blog says. “It’s her race to lose” after a “soporific start.”

Yassky, along with Carl Andrews and Chris Owens, would beg to differ.

By on May 24, 2006, 11:17 am
In category: Electoral Politics,Gotham City,Governing | 1 Comment »

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