Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Schumer, Weiner Line Up Behind 'Democrat' Miller - The Daily Politics - NY Daily News

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Conservative/Democratic Assembly candidate Mike Miller is wracking up endorsements now that a federal court judge has cleared the way for the on-again, off-again, on-again primary day special election to take place in the 38th AD.

The latest Democratic elected officials to announce their support of Miller in his quest for the seat held until June by former Assemblyman Tony Seminerio are Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Anthony Weiner.

The Miller campaign's release includes an attached photo of the candidate with Weiner and the following statement from Schumer:

"Democrat Mike Miller has been a leader and advocate for all our families, and will continue fighting for us in the State Assembly.”

And then there's this from Miller himself:

"I am honored to have the support of the Democratic leaders our community trusts. As the only Democrat in this election, I will not let the residents of the 38th Assembly District down."

"On day one, I’ll be ready to fight for what matters most to our families - strong local schools, affordable health care, a vibrant economy with good-paying jobs, and a quality of life that makes people want to live, work, and raise a family in Queens.”

Notice anything missing? The fact that Miller has been cross-endorsed by the Conservative Party, perhaps?

Primary day tends to bring out committed (read: trending left), hard-core Democrats. So it stands to reason that Miller's Conservative support isn't necessarily something his campaign wants to tout to the kind of voters who might be moved by a Schumer-Weiner endorsement.

Miller is so far only facing the Queens GOP's nominee, Donna Marie Caltabiano, in the Sept. 15 race.

The Democrat who filed an unsuccessful lawsuit to block Gov. David Paterson's declared, rescinded and re-declared special election, Farouk Samaroo, is continuing to challenge the constitutionality of the race, but that seems rather a long shot effort at this point.