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UPDATE: Bloomberg Endorses Meng in NY-6

Mayor backs Democrat in congressional race.

UPDATE: Oct. 2, 10:08 a.m.: City Councilman Dan Halloran responded by spitting some fire Monday evening. Invoking the City Time scandal and citing his opposition to congestion pricing, Halloran let Bloomberg and Meng really have it. 

“[D]espite the Mayor’s billions, I will continue to speak truth to power," Halloran said. "Meng, a go-along Democrat, won’t stand up for New Yorkers’ right to think for themselves, has voted 99.7 percent with Shelly Silver in Albany. She certainly isn’t rocking the boat here in New York, and we can’t expect her to in Congress.”

Halloran spokesman Kevin Ryan piled on, as well.

"Our voters need Meng in Congress like they needed the soda ban,” said Ryan.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed Assemblywoman Grace Meng, D-Flushing, for Congress, her campaign announced Monday afternoon.

Meng is running in Queens' new Sixth Congressional District against City Councilman Dan Halloran, R-Whitestone.

"New Yorkers demand representation in Washington that puts the needs of the taxpayers ahead of partisan politics," Bloomberg said in a statement from the Meng campaign. "Grace Meng will be the independent voice in Congress that middle-class families in Queens deserve. Whether it’s her outspoken support for sensible gun legislation to help make our streets safer or her advocacy for common sense immigration reform, Grace embodies the values that Queens’ residents care about most."

Meng said she was proud and pleased to have Bloomberg's support in her campaign.

"Like the mayor, I have made the tough, but necessary choices to deliver for my constituents as an Assembly Member — a habit I plan to continue as a member of Congress," she said.

While Halloran and Bloomberg were more recently members of the same party, the City Councilman has split with the mayor on issues like gun control and the large soda ban.

Harriet Brown October 02, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Even Bloomberg prefers Grace Meng over Halloran. That doesn't say much for Halloran. SUPPORT GRACE MENG!!!!
Michael Feiner October 02, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I don't know, a Bloomberg endorsement could work in Grace's favor or it can work against her. Now find out who Grace is endorsing for State Assembly of the 25th District. Will it be Nily Rosic, Abe Fuchs, or maybe, just maybe, will she remain loyal and continue supporting her running mate, Jerry Iannece who will appear on the ballot this election Day for the Independence Party!
Michael Feiner October 02, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I don't know, a Bloomberg endorsement could work in Grace's favor or it can work against her. Now find out who Grace is endorsing for State Assembly of the 25th District. Will it be Nily Rosic, Abe Fuchs, or maybe, just maybe, will she remain loyal and continue supporting her running mate, Jerry Iannece who will appear on the ballot this election Day for the Independence Party?
Harriet Brown October 02, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I am absolutely not a Bloomberg fan. But, it is better that he endorse Grace than if he endorses (and funds) her opponent. I think that Jerry is not actively campaigning. So, I think that Grace will support Nili Rosic, who I know nothing about.

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