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“Ackerman Backs Vallone” (Politics, October 3) is just the start.  All of Paul Vallone’s Democratic Party primary opponents, including Austin Shafran, Paul Graziano, John Duane and Chrissy Voskerichian, along with State Senator Tony Avella, had serious concerns about Vallone’s candidacy.

I would love to listen in when Congressmember and Queens County Democratic Party Chairperson Joseph Crowley calls them and asks that they endorse Vallone in the general election against Republican challenger Dennis Saffran.

Crowley wants a 100% united Democratic Queens Council delegation so he can promote his own candidate for NYC Council Speaker.

It is doubtful that Shafran, Graziano, Duane, Voskerichian or Avella be a profile in courage and cross party lines to endorse Saffran.  Don’t be surprised when all return as loyal Democrats in good standing over the next few weeks by taking the “hint” from Crowley to let bygones be bygones and endorse Vallone.  Watch down the road after the General Election as each will be rewarded by Crowley with employment or be designated as the “official Queens County Democratic Party clubhouse” candidate for future public office.

Larry Penner


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