Matthew Silverstein, the Democratic state committeeman from Bayside who reportedly turned down a run in his party's crowded primary for the new 6th Congressional District, revealed today that he has his eyes on a more local prize: Dan Halloran's City Council seat.
Silverstein announced the creation of an exploratory committee for a run next year for the 19th District seat. Its first event will be a May 2 fundraiser in Manhattan.
"Over the past two years it truly has been a great honor to serve as the Democratic State Committeeman for the 26th Assembly District," Silverstein said in a prepared statement announcing the move. "While walking about the district, talking to constituents, I have heard the many concerns about our great city. They range from the future of our school system, tax equity for our co-op and condo owners, protecting senior citizens, finding jobs for New Yorkers, or helping our returning veterans re-integrate into society, people seem to feel that New York City is on the wrong track.
"I believe we can do better," he continued. "The people of the 19th Council District deserve better, and together we can make a difference."
Halloran won the seat in 2009 and is one of four Republicans on the 51-seat City Council. Whether he will be Silverstein's opponent in 2013 is an open question, however, because he is the GOP candidate for the same Congressional seat Silverstein declined to run for. He will face any one of six Democrats vying for their party's nomination in a primary. If Halloran wins, he goes to Washington. If he loses, he retains his council seat.
Silverstein's fundraiser will be held at a tavern called the Irish Rogue. That leaves open the possibility that some speaker at the event will joke about the irony of raising money at the Irish Rogue for a run against an Irish Rogue. The boisterous and colorful Halloran himself might even appreciate such a line.