Ulrich,a Republican, recently announced that he would be challenging Addabbo, a Democrat for the newly redrawn 15th State Senatorial District. Ulrich is a rising star in the world of New York City politics, and while Democrats generally have a stranglehold on seats in New York City, elections in South Queens are notoriously hard to call for one party or the other, and Ulrich will be a formidable challenge.
Despite his popularity, Ulrich doesn't get along too well with the folks who run the Queens County Republican Party. Scratch that. Ulrich doesn't get along at all with the folks who run the Queens County Republican Party.
So rather than throw their support behind Ulrich and make a serious run at taking the seat from the Democrats, the Queens GOP instead went and endorsed a different candidate, Juan Reyes.
Party leadership said that Ulrich failed to show up at an endorsement meeting with them, therefore they had no choice but to back Reyes. Of course, Ulrich has been publicly shunning party leadership for about the past two years, so we're not sure why they thought he would do any different this time around.
But the very public squabbles with Ulrich are now the least of the Queens GOP's problems.
According to the New York Post, the FBI has launched an investigation into the Queens Republican Party amid allegations Board of Elections employees recommended by the party may have used their positions to further their careers as political consultants.
And according to the Post, party Chairman Phil Ragusa and Executive Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone pushed one BOE official out of her job because she wouldn't help them get a political rival off the ballot.
Bad news indeed for the Queens Republican Party.
If the allegations are true, Ulrich might not have to worry too much longer about his issues with party leadership.