Najmi the real deal
May 28, 2014 | 791 views | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Allow me to add to "S. Asian leaders call for new leadership"(Andrew Shilling - May 15).

Glens Oaks lawyer Ali Najmi is contemplating running against Assemblyman David Weprin in the 24th District. Najmi makes an interesting candidate.

As older voters continue to move out of the district, n emerging new generation of immigrants from Latin America, South Asia and East Asia are becoming the new majority in the district, replacing the old Jewish/Italian/Irish coalition of decades ago.

Najmi has a strong appeal to new immigrant voters, making him a credible candidate to replace David Weprin. Even if Ali Najmi loses, I predict Weprin will continue to face serious challenges in future Democratic Primaries.

It is only a matter of time before the growing South Asian community within the district decides to elect someone from within their own ethnic community rather than Weprin.

Weprin says that "he believes in the democratic system and that anyone is free to run." It will be interesting to see if he practices what he preaches. Najmi will have to collect signatures of enrolled Democratic Party voters on his nominating petitions to place his name on the primary ballot.

Will Weprin publicly agree in advance to forgo using one of the Queens Democratic Party's election lawyers to challenge Najmi's petitions?

Queens County Democratic machine clubhouse election lawyers are hired guns. They specialize in using their election law expertise to remove independent challengers, such as Najmi from the ballot at the behest of their benefactors.

Sincerely,

Larry Penner

Great Neck

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