From: capitalnewyork.com

A Phyllis Diller mailer and an anti- anti-Quinn endorsement

By Azi Paybarah
August 26, 2013

In a fine example of the gratuitous use of celebrity imagery to grab voters' attention, here's the latest mailing from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, featuring the late Phyllis Diller.

"We did her as an attention-grabber," club president Allen Roskoff told me in an email. "As people get mail boxes full of lit we wanted to send something funny and memorable and have our endorsed candidates noticed."

The mailer touts the club's support of Corey Johnson, who is running for City Council, and Julie Menin, a candidate for Manhattan borough president.

The endorsement of Johnson here is actually pretty interesting, for reasons that have nothing to do with Phyllis Diller at all. He's running against Yetta Kurland, a lawyer who is, like Roskoff and the Jim Owles club, outspokenly criticial of Christine Quinn, the term-limited City Council speaker who represents the West Village and Chelsea area, and is now running for mayor.

Kurland and another candidate ran against Quinn for Council in 2009. Though Quinn won the race, she only got 52 percent of the vote.

Now, Kurland seems more skittish about advertising her anti-Quinn credentials. On July 30, her campaign sent out an email with the headline "Who's Your Mayoral Pick?" When I asked Kurland that same question, she declined to answer.

I asked Johnson a while ago who he was supporting for mayor. He also declined to answer. Johnson is young but has a long history of activism. He made national news when he came out a gay high school football player. By 2006, he was a top aide on Mark Green's 2006 race for attorney general against Andrew Cuomo. In 2009, he was one of the more prominent LGBT leaders who endorsed Michael Bloomberg for re-election. Along the way, he became chairman of Community Board 4, giving him a chance to work on a variety of local issues that would form the basis of his council campaign.

 

Phyllis Diller, Julie Menin, Corey Johnson, NYC democratic primaries 2013

 

Phyllis Diller, Julie Menin, Corey Johnson, NYC democratic primaries 2013

 

Officers

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

  1. Hon. Eric Adams
  2. George Arzt
  3. Lance Bass
  4. John Blair
  5. Mark Benoit
  6. Hon. Rodneyse Bichotte
  7. Hon. Jonathan Bing
  8. Robin Byrd
  9. Hon. Gale Brewer
  10. Christian Campbell
  11. Lisa Cannistraci
  12. Kathleen Chalfant
  13. Gus Christensen
  14. Erik Coler
  15. Debra Cooper
  16. Hon. Jon Cooper
  17. Wilson Cruz
  18. Hon. Laurie Cumbo
  19. Alan Cumming
  20. Valorie Curry
  21. Michael Czaczkes
  22. Hon. Bill de Blasio
  23. Jon Del Giorno
  24. Aries Dela Cruz
  25. Kyan Douglas
  26. Hon. Daniel Dromm
  27. James Duff
  28. Hon. Ronnie Eldridge
  29. Kathryn Erbe
  30. Hon. Herman Farrell
  31. Hon. Alan Fleishman
  32. Hon. Dan Garodnick
  33. Dan Gettleman
  34. Hon. Richard Gottfried
  35. Hon. Mark Green
  36. Robert Grunnah
  37. Tony Hoffmann
  38. Hon. Brad Hoylman
  39. Binn Jakupi
  40. Hon. Letitia James
  41. Hon. Corey Johnson
  42. Camille Joseph
  43. Phillip Keane
  44. Greg Lambert
  45. Marc Landis
  46. Dodge Landesman
  47. Cameron McFadden
  48. Michael Mallon
  49. Mike C. Manning
  50. Cathy Marino-Thomas
  51. Artyom Matusov
  52. Hon. Carlos Menchaca
  53. Hon. Rosie Mendez
  54. John Cameron Mitchell
  55. Donny Moss
  56. Barry Mullineaux
  57. Ali Najmi
  58. Hon. Paul Newell
  59. Hon. Yuh-Line Niou
  60. Noah Pfefferbilt
  61. Bob Pontarelli
  62. Billy Porter
  63. Joe Pressley
  64. Hon. Jenifer Rajkumar
  65. Hon. Gustavo Rivera
  66. Hon. Helen Rosenthal
  67. Maer Roshan
  68. Toby Russo
  69. Bill Samuels
  70. James Sansum
  71. Scott Sartiano
  72. Hon. Arthur Schwartz
  73. Lynn Schulman
  74. Hon. Rebecca Seawright
  75. Frank Selvaggi
  76. Rev. Al Sharpton
  77. Hon. Jo Anne Simon
  78. Tom Smith
  79. David Spegal
  80. Marti Speranza
  81. Anne Strahle
  82. Hon. Scott Stringer
  83. Wayne Sunday
  84. Hon. Bill Thompson
  85. Hon. Matt Titone
  86. Hon. Ritchie Torres
  87. Sam Underwood
  88. Derek Walker
  89. Jessica Walter
  90. Patricia Nell Warren
  91. Kathleen Waterman
  92. Wil Weder
  93. Seth Weissman
  94. Mel Wymore
  95. Emma Wolfe
  96. Hon. Keith Wright
  97. Zephyr Teachout