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Qns. County Dems endorse Jose Peralta

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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:30 am

The Queens County Democratic Party has endorsed the re-election bid of state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) — one month after he and the rest of the controversial Independent Democratic Conference rejoined the mainline caucus.

“With the support from Queens County, I once again reaffirm my commitment to champion progressive values and issues that move our state forward,” Peralta said in a statement issued Monday.

Peralta earned the ire of the county party and many Democrats in the borough last year when he joined the IDC — the now-defunct group of Democratic state senators who shared power with Republicans, keeping the GOP in control of the chamber despite its being in the numerical minority.

His membership in the group also inspired a handful of primary challenges from opponents — including former Mayor de Blasio aide Jessica Ramos and LGBTQ activist Andrea Marra — who labeled him a fake Democrat and a traitor to the party, among other things.

In January, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) — the chairman of the Queens Democratic Party — even told the Chronicle he would provide resources to Peralta’s primary challengers if he did not withdraw from the IDC and rejoin the mainline Democrats by April.

But the congressman also told the paper that if Peralta did come back by the deadline, he would have the support of the apparatus, something Monday’s endorsement of the incumbent state senator confirmed.

“New Yorkers want to see their public officials fighting to advance progressive values and enact measures that will create good-paying jobs, expand access to health care, protect immigrants, and keep guns out of our schools and communities,” party Executive Secretary Michael Reich said in a statement. “The only way these goals will be accomplished is by working together to elect Democrats at every level of government. For this reason, the Queens County Democratic Party believes Jose Peralta is the right choice for District 13 and endorses his re-election.”

The Democratic primary is scheduled for Sept. 13.

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