The congressional campaign of Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has denied allegations from Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) that it has encouraged Jeff Gottlieb to enter the race for the Democratic nomination in the 6th Congressional District.
Lancman has alleged that the move was made to dilute the district’s Jewish vote in the June 26 primary. And the news website City & State on Wednesday ran a story saying that Meng advisor Michael Nussbaum has a history of planting such candidates dating back to 2009, when Nussbaum’s company, Multi-Media, was a consultant for Council candidate Kevin Kim.
The report alleges that Nussbaum lent assistance to candidate Tom Cooke in order to siphon white votes away from two white Kim opponents. Kim is Korean-American and won the primary before losing the election to Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone).
Halloran is running unopposed as the GOP candidate in the 6th Congressional District.
Nussbaum also is the associate publisher of the Queens Tribune. Cooke could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.