Even her cousin’s being Queens County Democratic chairman does not appear to have spared Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) from party discipline.
Crowley will be unable to run to retain her position as a district leader in the 38th Assembly District after party officials succeeded in challenging enough signatures on her nominating petitions.
Her cousin, Joe Crowley (D-Queens and the Bronx), also is the congressman representing the 7th District.
The move is the second major political setback Crowley has been dealt by party leadership since she lost her primary challenge to party-supported Grace Meng in the race for the 6th Congressional District.
Within a week of coming a distant third behind Meng in the June 26 primary, Crowley saw Council Speaker Christine Quinn hack her district’s discretionary funding by more than $286,000 for fiscal year 2013, dropping her to second-to-last among all council members.
Elizabeth Crowley was running unopposed when the challenges were filed. Her spokesman, Eric Yun, said the councilwoman was taking a philosophical view.
“Her first priority right now is being a City Council member,” Yun told the Chronicle. “The district leader position is a voluntary one, which consists largely of helping other Democrats in the district. Challenging petitions is part of the democratic process.”
Yun said no one has made any claims that there was any fraud on the part of the campaign, and that Crowley can keep busy enough with things such as the paid sick days bill that has popular support in the council but is opposed by Quinn and Mayor Bloomberg.
Michael Reich, executive secretary for the Queens County Democratic Party, said the situation is one of Crowley’s creation.
“She didn’t submit enough signatures,” he said. He said Crowley would have to go through the normal process to secure support for council renomination next year.