Did Yassky Lose Another Endorsement?
It sounds like David Yassky lost another endorsement! Or someone isn't being straight with us. Which is it?
Remember Thelma Davis, the mother of the slain city council member James Davis, first endorsed Yassky, then, after Yassky proved insensitive to her and a group of 200 seniors, she withdrew her endorsement one week later. Embarassing, wasn't that.
Well, either it has happened again or someone is lying to us.
Two weeks ago Yassky told an audience at a debate at Medgar-Evans College that district leader Lisa Kenner had endorsed him. He made the same claim in an email he sent to supporters. Well, something happened between then and this last weekend. At a candidate forum in Brownsville on Saturday, Lisa Kenner specifically proclaimed her neutrality in the CD-11 race. You can't both be neutral AND have endorsed someone 2 weeks previously! Unless, like Thelma Davis, Kenner changed her mind.
Did Yassky lie about Kenner's endorsement? Did Kenner lie about being neutral, something that would be kind of bad since she was hosting the event in Brownsville? Or, did David lose another endorsement?
Shouldn't people be able to get it right? I mean, if someone endorses you, don't you think you'd remember? How do people get it wrong? Either people lie about endorsements and don't expect to get caught, or they don't bother to keep track of their endorsements, showing something of a lack of appreciation for those who really have endorsed them. Well, lack of appreciation was what lost Yassky the Davis endorsement, I guess.
Normally it is Yvette Clarke's camp who has been somewhat infamous for misrepresenting endorsements. One Clarke supporter, in a letter to the membership of the Independent Neighborhood Democrats, claimed that the club had endorsed Clarke in her previous bid for Congress. The fact that she got only one or two votes, right behind "no endorsement" and distantly behind Major Owens, didn't stop this person, an IND member himself, from making such a claim. Then Yvette Clarke herself told an audience at a DFNYC event that she had been endorsed by Emily's List. It was months later that Emily's List actually endorsed her, apparently not minding that she had jumped the guy. And I am told that Yvette also lied in 2004, claiming a NY Times endorsement that never happened.
Now we have David Yassky. Is he emulating Clarke's record of misrepresenting endorsements?
These things should NOT be so difficult. Either someone has endorsed you or they haven't. These kinds of inaccurate claims are quite simply dumb since they are bound to be discovered.
For the record, I am unaware of any such false claims of endorsements from either the Andrews or Chris Owens camps. Although I will say rumors about 6 months ago that Chris Owens was dropping out sounded a lot like the kind of false rumors started by the old Clarence Norman machine (of which Andrews was a part) as their standard operating procedure. But that is a whole other kind of dirty trick.
UPDATE: The Politicker Blog reports Kenner has maintained her endorsement, reiterating it AFTER the Brownsville forum. So I guess her statement of neutrality at the forum was the inaccurate statement, not Yassky's.