Report: Democrats giving up on Gentile in congress race
Lack of funding for Gentile makes Donovan a shoo-in, insiders say
If Democrat Vincent Gentile has any chance at winning the special election for the Brooklyn-Staten Island congress seat on May 5, he’s going to have to do it without help from deep pocketed fellow Democrats in Washington D.C., according to a report in the New York Daily News.
The Daily News reported on April 5 that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which works to get Democrats elected to the House of Representatives, is not pumping any money into Gentile’s campaign, a decision that effectively means the Bay Ridge councilmember has no shot at winning the election.
The DCCC reportedly spent $5 million trying to get Democrat Domenic Recchia elected to congress in November of 2014 to no avail. Republican incumbent Michael Grimm still won that race, despite the fact that he was under federal indictment for tax fraud. Grimm has since resigned from congress. The May 5 special election is taking place to fill out the remainder of Grimm’s term in office, which would have ended on Dec. 31, 2016.
The Daily News reported that the DCCC has “has quietly but completely thrown in the towel” in the congressional race.