Report: “The Kid” Close to First Major Endorsement

Elizabeth Benjamin reports in the New York Daily News that the Working Families Party is close to backing Daniel "The Kid" Squadron in his bid to unseat State Senator Marty Connor this fall:

New York Daily News: Daily Politics: A source who was on hand last night at the Working Families Party Coordinating Council said the organization voted to endorse Dan Squadron, a political neophyte and former aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is mounting a primary challenge to veteran Democratic Sen. Marty Connor.

The next step is a meeting of the party's executive council, which is scheduled to get together on March 14 at the Crowne Plaza in Albany.

According to my source, several unions represented by the labor-backed party stuck up for Connor last night, but the local South Brooklyn club and ACORN had the majority of votes in the room and wanted Squadron.

Squadron landing the WFP 's backing would be less of a blow to Connor than to his 2006 primary opponent, Ken Diamondstone, who ran with the party's endorsement the last time around and had been hoping to land it again as he eyes another challenge to the Brooklyn stalwart.

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