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Lancman Snags WFP Support

Assemblyman Rory Lancman continued to line up labor support today, in his quest to be the Democratic Party nomination in the new 6th Congressional district in Queens. On Monday, the Working Families Party announced its support for Lancman in his primary race against fellow Democrats Assemblywoman Grace Meng and City Councilwoman Liz Crowley.

"Corporate lobbyists have too much power in Washington. That's why we're backing candidates who have proven themselves as champions of working people," said 32BJ president Mike Fishman in an announcement on behalf of the Working Families Party. The union handed Lancman its endorsement last week.

"The Working Families Party stands for leveling the economic playing field, holding Wall Street accountable and creating good jobs with reliable benefits, and today I could not be prouder that they are standing with me to support my candidacy for Congress," Lancman said in a statement.

Lancman has also secured the backing of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, as well as that of Communication Workers of America Local 1182.

The Assemblyman also secured the support of former New York City mayor Ed Koch earlier on Monday. Koch’s last endorsement in a Queens’ congressional race was on the side of the winner, Republican Congressman Bob Turner, who beat Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin in a special election last September.

“It’s a true honor to accept the endorsement of Mayor Ed Koch, someone who has been a tireless advocate for Israel and Jewish communities here in New York,” Lancman said in a statement. “Ed Koch understands the special relationship between the United States and Israel – a relationship I will strive to build upon if elected to Congress.”