As City Council contenders gear up for the race to City Hall, they want to make sure we know that they have lots and lots of friends. Because only popular kids are allowed to eat at the City Council table, right?
Ari Kagan, currently the district leader of Brooklyn, recited names from his Facebook friends list to Politicker, stating, “I’m very happy to have the support of so many of my friends like Hakeen Jeffries, you know like Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, he calls me ‘bro.’ We ran together and we’re close, close, close friends and I believe he is rising star in Brooklyn politics. … I’m very close to Senator Diane Savino, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Councilman David Greenfield and Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny.”
Kagan is also really tight bros with Frank Seddio, who chairs the Kings County Democratic Party. They’re all getting together later for beer pong, but won’t be posting any pics because Jeffries is like, a congressman, you know? And everybody pretty much follows the ‘What Happens at Political Hangouts Stays at Political Hangouts’ code.
Councilman Michael Nelson, who Kagan hopes to succeed, is obviously not invited. Neither is Jonathan Van Meter, the New York mag reporter who eavesdropped on Mayor Bloomberg at a Christmas party last year.
Also, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez made sure to give a shout-out to State Senator Jose Peralta, who is running for Queens Borough President. “Jose Peralta shares my belief in the American Dream, because he knows what it is like to grow up in a family of immigrants,” Rodriguez told Politicker.