Grace Meng Raises $300,000 for Congressional Race; Says it Will Be a Historic Campaign


Queens Assemblywoman Grace Meng, who would be New York’s first Asian-American member of Congress, has raised $300,000 in ten days.

Obviously, she’s thrilled.

“We are definitely excited. I think this is going to be a historical campaign that people all throughout New York and the country are looking at,” Meng told the Voice this afternoon after the mayor held a press conference on senior centers in Flushing, Queens.

Meng, the candidate of choice of the Queens Democratic Party, is running in a crowded race that includes City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (the cousin of Rep. Joe Crowley, chairman of the Queens Dems, who has endorsed Meng), Assemblyman Rory Lancman (who yesterday got support from former mayor Ed Koch), and Republican Councilman Dan Halloran, who kicked off his campaign last week.

Meng started fundraising on March 21st and had pulled in a total of $300,000 by the end of the March 31st cycle, her campaign announced this morning in an email.

In that email, Meng said, “While our congressional district is one of the most diverse in the country, it is our shared values and common priorities that define our communities and define us as neighbors. We need honest, serious leaders in Washington who can get the job done on the important issues we collectively face – protecting Medicare and Social Security, creating sustainable quality jobs, and providing the educational opportunities that give all of our children the best chance for a better future.”

She’s ahead of her main opponents — with Elizabeth Crowley reporting yesterday that she has raised more than $100,000 for her bid, and Lancman’s campaign announcing that he has $200,000 on hand. (It’s worth noting that $30,000 of Crowley’s figure apparently comes from “refunded donations” from her City Council campaign account).

Meng told us today that Congress needs more women, which is part of the reason why her campaign is so important.

“Especially as a mom and as a wife, we want to do our best to make sure that the 17% of women in Congress is a number that increases dramatically,” she said.

When we asked her what the significance was of today’s fundraising announcement, she responded, “I think it definitely is a symbol of the excitement and support that we’ve been getting and we look forward to getting.”

If you like reading long lists, here’s the endorsements Meng has collected, which her team sent out today:

Jack Como, Chairman, I AM PAC; James Lisa, President, I AM PAC; Bob Fonti, Vice President, I AM PAC; Vincent D’Angelo, Secretary, I AM PAC, Jack Friedman, past-President, Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council; Don Capalbi, President, Queensboro Hill Neighborhood Association; Al Rankins, President, Concerned African-Americans of Flushing; Martha Taylor, District Leader, Chairwoman, Friends of Cunningham Park; Shirley Gilbert, President, NE Queens Multicultural Democratic Club; John Byas, President, Rachel Carson Youth Center; Member, Community Board 7; Debra Markell, District Manager, Community Board 2; Jerry Iannece, Chairman, Community Board 11; Dilip Chauhan, South-Asian Community Leader; Harpreet Singh Wahan, Sikh Center of Flushing; Dorothy Woo, President, Holly Civic Association; Emily’s List, the Queens County Democratic Party, Congressman Joe Crowley, Borough President Helen Marshall, Comptroller John Liu, Honorable Claire Shulman, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, Councilman Leroy Comrie, Councilman Mark Weprin, Councilman James Gennaro, Councilman Ruben Wills, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, State Senator Tony Avella, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, Assemblyman Karim Camara, Assemblyman David Weprin, Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, Honorable Netty Mayersohn, Honorable Melinda Katz, Honorable Howard Pollack, Honorable Carol Gresser, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, Councilman Peter Koo, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, Honorable Martha Taylor, District Manager Debra Markell, Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik, State Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblyman Francisco Moya, Councilman Daniel Dromm, Honorable Rebeca Lynch, Honorable Frank Gulluscio, Honorable Evan Stavisky, Honorable Mike Sais, Honorable John Dorsa, Honorable Mary Ann Dorsa, Honorable Veronica Morales, Honorable Jessica Ramos, Honorable Helen Sears, Honorable Barabra Jackson, and Honorable James Lisa.

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