I asked Paul Massey today for his view on the value of endorsements. His answer? Bill de Blasio is corrupt. He didn’t address the question, instead offering a standard pitch of why he’ll be better than de Blasio.
I had asked Massey a similar question last week, with three county endorsements then open. The Bronx Republicans went for Massey the next day, Staten Island Republicans went for their fellow Staten Islander Malliotakis Thursday night and the Brooklyn Republicans went for Malliotakis tonight, putting the candidates in a 2-2 split with Manhattan undetermined. That’s a tough outcome for Massey, whose candidacy has adopted a sort of inevitability argument based in part on his ability to provide a substantial amount of self-funding.
Massey began well, receiving the endorsement of Staten Island Assembly Member, and now Staten Island Republican Chairman, Ron Castorina in February. Unfortunately for Massey, Castorina later rescinded his endorsement of Massey and instead endorsed fellow Staten Islander Nicole Malliotakis.
Here’s what Massey had to say today:
My exchange with Massey last week on this topic is available here.