Republican Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich has gotten the backing of the Independence Party in his eastern Queens state Senate race, an important step in a district where the voter registration leans Democratic.
Ulrich wrote about the endorsement on his Facebook page, thanking party chairman Frank MacKay, and adding that he has “always put doing what’s right before politics and I will continue that approach in the State Senate.”
The Independence Party line — along with the Conservative line, which Ulrich has already secured — would be a crucial in a general-election face off against Democratic State Sen. Joe Addabbo. The move is also a reversal for the Independence Party, which backed Addabbo in 2010 against Republican ex-Councilman Anthony Como.
Before Ulrich takes on Addabbo, he faces a primary challenge from attorney Juan Reyes, who is running with the backing of the Queens Republican Party.
Ulrich has bucked Republican Party orthodoxy on several issues, including the paid sick leave bill and raising the minimum wage — and that type of independence is something MacKay’s party has also professed to admire in candidates.
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