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Queens Dems: There was no secret Meeks meeting

Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 05:52 PM

Congressman Greg Meeks (Courtesy of the Congressman's website)

According to a number of individuals, both elected officials and long-time political observers, the secret meeting held to decide the successors to embattled Queens Congressman Greg Meeks never happened.

"The article was bullshit," said one Democratic consultant, who asked not to be identified.

One elected official who would potentially have a lot to gain if the Post report was true also denied the meeting took place. Councilman Leroy Comrie, who was said to be in line for a promotion to the state Senate after Malcolm Smith ascended to Congress, called the story a "fabrication", saying he couldn't imagine who would have been the Post's reported sources.

"That's just never the way it works," Comrie said. He went on to say that support for Meeks continued, and talks about him stepping down were unfounded. "No one has had any discussion--serious discussions, formal or informal--other than being supportive of him," the councilman said.

Yesterday, Queens County Democratic leader and central figure to the Post story, Congressman Joe Crowley, also denied any such meeting took place. While all those interviewed for this article agreed, it didn't stop some from agreeing with the central thesis of the article: Were Meeks to be forced or persuaded to step down, the county leadership would be left with slim pickings.

Malcolm Smith, himself, came under heavy scrutiny for his connections to the Aquaduct racino scandal of last year. His associations with people tied to the winning developer, AEG, have left many ethical questions unanswered. Even if the supposed meeting never took place, the cast of characters involved left more than one person questioning the decision making process of the Queens Democratic Party at the highest levels.

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Comments [1]

Reminds me of the famous line in Casablanca about Gambling taking place at "RICKS"

The open question is  "WHO" will the "FEDS" indict there are many investigations going on if the papers are correct and the State IG Report regarding AEG being one of them.

BTW I love reading or seeing Hank "Take The Fifth" Sheinkopf talk and talk about politics and ths issues of the day but he seemed to keep his mouth closed when it came to answering questions for the State IG.

I guess the State IG did not ask him any questions about politics.

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli
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