In today’s hyper-partisan political atmosphere, Queens needs a fighter in Congress, someone who can stand up to the Republican obstructionism that has blocked so many measures necessary to help the United States regain its financial footing and standing in the world after the disaster of the Bush administration. The ability to get along well with opposing legislators is nice in theory, but simply not possible in today’s House of Representatives, with its hard-line right-wing leadership. What’s needed is a policy wonk who won’t back down when facing off against the Tea Party caucus pulling the Republican strings.
In the new 6th Congressional District, that candidate is Rory Lancman, the state assemblyman from Fresh Meadows.
Lancman’s serious opponents in the June 26 Democratic Primary, Assemblywoman Grace Meng, the party leadership’s choice, and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, are each making a strong run. But neither brings the experience, knowledge of policy or force of will to the table that Lancman does. The other candidate, Dr. Robert Mittman of Bayside, is a political newcomer who should seek a lower office first, if he’s not running just to attract more attention, as self-employed professionals sometimes do.
Who do you want opposing Whitestone Republican Dan Halloran, the presumptive GOP nominee, in debates on the future of the country? Lancman. He’ll be the best advocate for raising taxes on the rich, which is needed to bring the budget back into balance, and many other weighty policy questions. He’ll support strong measures to prevent another terrorist attack here and also take a proper hard line on the Middle East, where supporting Israel and preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon by any means necessary are absolutely essential. He’s held about a dozen different policy-related press conferences in Queens during the campaign.
Meng may be easier to work with than Lancman, giving her the potential to bring opposing lawmakers together, but that can’t happen while Middle America keeps sending rightists to the House. So her best quality would go untapped. And when we asked what her main issues are, her answer was that she hadn’t been planning a run for the last two years — as we all know Lancman has. She had no answer, but anyone who keeps up with the news should.
Crowley is simply not ready for federal office, and we were turned off when PBA President Pat Lynch had to feed her an answer on a key subject during a press event they held together.
Lancman knows the issues in great detail and can think on his feet. He supports the working man and woman. He’ll protect Social Security and Medicare. We’re proud to endorse Rory Lancman in the Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District.