Like a guy shot out of one of the Coney Island amusement park gravity-defying rides, longtime South Brooklyn Democratic pol Dominic Reccchia today got tapped by leading national Democrats as they gear up for the hotly contested 2014 Congressional midterm elections.
Recchia, a lawyer from Gravesend Brooklyn, made his name localyl for promoting Coney Island, Hurricane Sandy relief, and the arts. Having been a member of New York City Council representing parts of Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, and Gravesend, his 2014 race for US House of Representatives pits him against former Marine Michael Grimm, a Republican.
In March, 2014, Recchia's race was identified as one of 35 districts nationally to have win the coveted designation as a "Red to Blue" race by top Democratic Party re-election strategists-- which translates into a wagon-load of support.
"There's no question - these candidates are on the side of average Americans, and they've shown throughout their careers that they'll work together to help make the middle class more financially secure and solve our problems - the exact antidote to the flawed priorities of this broken Republican Congress," said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (who, coincidentally was born where else, but in Brooklyn) in a press statement. "These candidates earned their places in our battle-tested program because of their hard work and the competitive nature of their districts, and we will continue to work with them to build and execute winning campaigns."
The DCCC's Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support, according to a DCCC statement.
Whether you live in New York’s 11th congressional District or not, this race will be one that politically minded New Yorkers can watch first hand, volunteer for, and get involved with. For details on the candidates' respective policy positions, opportunities for volunteers and contributions, check their respective websites (see hyperlinks above).