Oy, Queens politics can be so meshuggah, it's enough to get you all verklempt!
Though it's not quite as bizarre as the last Twitter crisis to emerge from Central Queens, and it's a heck of a lot cleaner, the social networking site that needs no proof you are who you say you are is home to some cheap political humor yet again.
Just check out the feed from @RepGottlieb, but make sure you know that it is what the tag says it is — a fake Twitter account. As to whether Jeff Gottlieb is a fake candidate for Congress, that's up to you — though the Queens Chronicle essentially said so in last week's editorial. And most pol watchers in the borough seem to agree.
Gottlieb, if you don't know, is the veteran political appointee who supposedly jumped into the Democratic primary for the Sixth Congressional District just so he could siphon some (Jewish) votes away from Assemblyman Rory Lancman of Fresh Meadows, all to benefit party favorite Grace Meng, the Flushing assemblywoman. Also in the running is Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley of Middle Village.
In the background, for the moment, is Republican Councilman Dan Halloran of Bayside. He'll take on whichever Democrat emerges from the four-way melee after June 26.
Gottlieb only just fired up a campaign website — jeffgottliebforcongress.com — but if you want the real insight into the man who would go to Washington, check out that Twitter feed. It offers great insight into his thoughts on politics, Judaism and women — even one of the ones he's running against.
"What kind of name is Rory?" one post asks. "The only people I know with that name are shiksas."
Just remember ... it's not real!
But someone's posting it. So the Queens Chronicle is offering a reward to the real fake Jeff Gottlieb — our undying appreciation — if you'd only reveal yourself to our humble selves. Email us, call us, walk into our offices in Rego Park, whatever. We want to know your identity the way Gotham wants to know Batman's. (OK, that's hyperbole, but hey, this is just a blog!) As with the NYPD's Crime Stoppers unit, all tips are strictly confidential.