Rumors are flying that the never-sleeping and indefatigable former NYC comptroller, John Liu has his eyes on Congress, mounting a primary bid against Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng.
Pressed by NY Observer’s reporters with repeated phone calls, texts and direct questions asked of his spokesperson through email, Mr. Liu wouldn’t deny his interest.
“So rumors continue to abound,” the spokesperson responded in response to Politicker’s direct inquiry, adding no further details. Messages left on Mr. Liu’s phone this morning have gone unreturned.
The continued rumors, that YWN has also been hearing, is based on the ambition of Mr. Liu and the busy public schedule he has maintained since leaving office.
Many political insiders in Queens say Ms. Meng’s congressional seat represents a logical next step for Mr. Liu after netting only 7 percent of the vote in the Democratic mayoral primary. If Mr. Liu ever wants to run for mayor again, he will likely need an elected office to remain visible, sources argued.
While the odds still appear very long that Mr. Liu will ever takes the plunge, he was a furious campaigner and remains immensely popular in the Asian communities of the district, which includes neighborhoods like Flushing, Forest Hills and Bayside.
“John has deep ties in Queens, and there’s nobody who works harder. But I can’t see any good reason for voters in the 6th District to dump Grace,” a Queens Democrat told Politicker. “She’s done a great job for the community so far, and she’s got real boots on the ground in a broader area than John does. I just don’t know what his argument will be, other than, ‘I’m John Liu.’”
(Jacob Kornbluh – YWN)