On Fourth of July weekend the fireworks are just warming up for the August 9 primaries.
The City Council July 5th is scheduled to fill the vacancy of Michele Small who resigned her seat on Tuesday in the Upper East Side 138th District. The leading candidate, according to multiple sources, is Samia Suliman who occupied the seat for one term prior to her defeat in a primary last year. See full council agenda here.
Traditionally, though no force of law, members of respective Democratic Town Committee districts make recommendations to the City Council for a full vote. The City Charter requires the replacement be of the same political party.
Small ran with Maria Pereira for the district seat last year. Small has not stated publicly the reason for her resignation, but several council members maintain she grew weary of Pereira’s demanding litmus test on voting and political support.
City Council President Aidee Nieves said this week “I think Michele trusted her partner’s experience in giving her guidance, but didn’t allow herself the ability to foster relationships with other council members. Her personal voice as a councilwoman was never really heard. It’s a shame.”
No longer is it just a pattern for the control-thirsty Pereira to experience political divorces with candidates she has supported in her district, it is now inevitable.
Paging Nessah Smith. Paging Karen Jackson. Paging Suliman. Paging Small. And they are just a few. It’s all about them and never her, right?
Pereira’s zeal for rule has also infected the reelection campaign of State Rep. Jack Hennessy facing party-endorsed City Councilman Marcus Brown in an August 9 Democratic primary. The fallout for Hennessy so far is losing the “fully vested” support of two-time mayoral contender and former State Rep. Chris Caruso who brought Hennessy into the Bridgeport Democratic political fold when Hennessy first won election in 2004.
Caruso recently resigned as Hennessy’s campaign’s treasurer after butting heads with Pereira who’s managing Hennessy’s race on all levels.
Insulting statements like these, rationalizing Caruso’s resignation, from Hennessy supporter Marshall Marcus in the OIB comments section only adds fuel to the fire:
Not a power play or struggle. Caruso was kind enough to step up temporarily as the campaign started, but he does not use a computer and is not equipped to handle all the electronically submitted mandatory reports for the campaign. He like many people does not have a copy machine at home to copy all those checks before deposits can me made.
But he is fully invested in this campaign.
The statement above is a complete lie on several levels coming from someone who often challenges the veracity of Brown.
Did Marshall Marcus check with Caruso? How well does he even know Caruso?
Maybe the Hennessy-Brown race has turned into the battle of the best liars.
Meanwhile, there’s no questioning the will of Pereira to outwork anyone on the campaign trail.
In a June 17 email to OIB Pereira wrote: “If I may go out on a limb I honestly believe (Jack) is going to win EASILY.”
Hennessy may win but at what cost to his independence? Pereira will remind him relentlessly that she got him reelected. It’s what she does.
All for a power play.