Mark Winston Griffith Wins Key Last Minute Endorsements, of Rev. Sharpton and NY Daily News
Housing activist Mark Winston Griffith picked up momentum over the past few days with key endorsements.
First, the Rev. Al Sharpton criticized incumbent Al Vann for going with Mayor Mike Bloomberg on the extension of term limits, which allowed the mayor and other council incumbents, including Vann, to serve another term -- assuming, of course, they are re-elected.
And then yesterday Griffith got the backing of the New York Daily News, which called Vann "lethargic."
This will be a race to watch. We don't know of polls that have been done at this hyper-local level, but there does seem to have been a groundswell of enthusiasm for some of the challengers, including Griffith, as well as Saquan Jones, a thirty-something bundle of energy who boasts of his rising from a public housing project in Queens; Tremaine Wright, who owns the Common Grounds cafe in Bed-Stuy; and Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., activist who campaigns often with his six children and is the son of a late, prominent minister.