If you didn’t know any better, you would think it was for mayor or even borough president given how ardently he is campaigning for an unpaid district leader position in North Brooklyn.
Restler held a rally on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall on Monday with supporters, and what big name supporters they were!
Generally, candidates for district leader are hand-picked by the party leaders and are a shoe-in when it comes to getting elected, because the position is looked at as a stepping stone up the ladder of a political party, not usually as a position with any real influence.
But if you do find yourself actually “running” for a district leader position, you’re lucky to get the support of your local City Council member, but you’ll be happy to hold a press conference or two with maybe the head of a local civic association or the chairman of your community board.
Not Lincoln Restler!
Restler not only got a piece of prime real estate at Brooklyn Borough Hall for his endorsement party, he got some of the biggest names in politics in the borough to lend their support.
The list of supporters included Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Councilwoman Diana Reyna, State Senator Eric Adams, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblywoman Joan Millman…whew!
Forgive us if we left anyone out, but that’s a lot of people to keep track of.
Not too bad for a guy running for a position that most people have never even heard of. No seriously…quick!...who’s your district leader? That’s what we thought. Did you even know that there is a female and male district leader, and sometimes a Part A and Part B? Exactly our point.
But give him credit; Restler has redefined the post, making it about reforming the Democratic Party from within.
In fact, much of his support probably has as much to do with Restler himself as borough politicians’ dissatisfaction with party boss Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who is increasingly finding himself at the center of a splintered party membership.
Not that Restler isn’t deserving, but quite frankly, he had nothing to lose and could say things about the Kings County Democratic Party leadership that perhaps a lot of those supporting him were thinking for years, but couldn’t come out and say for fear of losing their position.
We’re not sure if this whole reform thing will stick, but someone who until a few years ago was just an anonymous face on the streets of North Brooklyn has managed to energize the Democratic Party in Brooklyn in a way that hasn’t been seen for decades.
Think what he could do if he actually held an elected position that paid him to do this full time?