Sullivan’ successes in debates with Democrat Mark Treyger are having little impact without followup in the day-to-day campaign; Sullivan has seen no resources expended in that district from the GOP or most of its key operators
Slogans like: “It’s a blue-collar district, and I’m a blue-collar guy” just aren’t making any impact with a large majority of Democratic leaning voters in a district that is overwhelmingly Democratic
What looked like a pretty good showing in an early October debate against his Democrat opponent Mark Treyger almost looks like ancient history as the candidates head into a ten day homestretch to Election Day. Even though Sullivan, a multiple marshal arts practitioner, was able to force Treyger back onto his heels over the police policies surrounding "stop and frisk" ( See “Treyger pushed to call for Community Safety Act repeal” by Will Bredderman, 10/7/13, Courier Life/ Brooklyn Daily [http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2013/41/bn_sullivantreygerdebate _2013_10_11_bk.html]), that victory could not be leveraged into a visible knockdown, or even significant public recognition of Andy Sullivan's candidacy.
Ever since Republican Andrew Sullivan confirmed that he had decided to run for the council seat in the 47th Councilmatic District, most of which was represented by term-limited Democrat Domenic Recchia Jr., Sullivan has been struggling to gain traction in a district that stretches from Sea Gate and Coney Island, through most of Graves End and into the edges of Bensonhurst and Bath Beach. In spite of Sullivan’s belief that he could rally a coalition of older “Reagan Democrats,” as well as socially conservative Latinos and Asians behind him in what he described as a working-class district, there is no indication that he has made much of an impression among any of those groups. One of the problems confronting Hardhat Andy Sullivan is a general lack of press coverage of Sullivan’s race against Democrat Mark Treyger. In addition, many of Sullivan’s appearances with GOP city-wide candidates were at events that occurred outside the district.
When, as a move toward party unity, Andy Sullivan switched his campaigning from the adjoining 43rd City Council District to the 47th, Sullivan had been led to believe that his race in the 47th Counc. Dist. would receive the full support and attention of both the Republican and Conservative Parties. To Andy and those who are interested in his candidacy, it doesn't look like it's worked out that way, at all.