L.I.D. Unable to Reach a Decision on DA Race After Multiple Ballots; LGBT Political Club Delays Endorsement Vote Until After Petitioning Senator John Sampson A No-Show

Lambda Independent Democrats, Brooklyn’s lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender political club, was unable to reach an endorsement decision in the hotly contested Brooklyn District Attorney’s race at its endorsement meeting last night.

After three ballots failed to produce a majority for any candidate, the club decided to delay and reconsider its endorsement in a meeting to be scheduled after petitioning ends in July. Incumbent District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and challengers Arnold Kriss, Mark Peters, and Paul Wooten submitted responses to the club’s detailed questionnaire and appeared in person to answer questions hoping to obtain the club’s endorsement.

LID president Gary Parker said, “It was a lively and well-attended meeting with vigorous debate among club members supporting each of the candidates. But in the end, the membership felt it was in the best interests of the club and the LGBT community to delay the vote and see how the race shakes out after petitioning.”

Former LID President and current Democratic District Leader from the 52nd Assembly District Alan Fleishman added, “It was particularly disturbing to many club members that Senator John Sampson failed to attend the meeting or submit a questionnaire about his views on the crucial issues confronting not only Brooklyn’s LGBT community, but all of Brooklyn’s residents.”

Lambda Independent Democrats will reconvene for a special District Attorney endorsement meeting sometime at the end of July.

In other endorsements considered at last night’s meeting at the YWCA on Atlantic Avenue, LID voted to endorse incumbents Comptroller William C. Thompson, Borough President Marty Markowitz and Councilmembers Bill deBlasio and David Yassky for re-election.

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