Proverbial Republican candidate Peter Koo announced Monday that he is officially running for the 20th Council District in Queens, which is currently held by John Liu, who in turn is running for city comptroller. (Just in case you were keeping score, that's Melinda Katz, John Liu, David Weprin, and David Yassky all in the comptroller's race.
The district covers Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Mitchell Gardens, Kissena Park, Harding Heights, Auburndale, and a portion of Whitestone. Since it looks like Bloomerg will be on the Republican line for mayor, we should start seeing Republicans line up to run a bit quicker than usual, hoping to piggyback on his popularity, or at least his prodigious bank account. As one prominent Queens Republican put it to us last week, "there won't be no riding into office on the Obama coattails this year. Maybe the tide will turn on some Bloomberg tails this time."
Koo officially announced his candidacy at an event at the Mulan Banquet Hall in Flushing. Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa and District Leader Mei Lin Tan were first in line to lend a hand.
Koo said we need to create jobs and lower taxes so people have the resources to live the American Dream of owning a home and providing a better life for their children and families, and that he will oppose any new taxes.