rare move by anybody running for any office, Brooklyn City
Councilman Vinny Gentile’s campaign crew sent his internal polling data to the
folks at “POLITICO” for them to give it a look --- AND --- A
blind release of the Gentile piece in today’s Politico coverage was sent to me
so I wouldn’t miss it until after we all stopped being young anymore
According to the lead item (but not the title piece) from today’s column by the Politico-New York team ---
"…. POLLING BROOKLYN D.A. RACE:
An internal poll conducted for Councilman Vincent Gentile finds that he has the highest name recognition of the six candidates for Brooklyn District Attorney, in what's expected to be one of the most competitive races of the year. Still, none of the candidates is widely known to a majority of voters, according to the poll of 630 likely voters conducted by Public Policy Polling from April 6 through 9. It has a margin of error of 3.9 percent. A copy of the poll was provided to POLITICO New York by the Gentile campaign.
Gentile, who is term-limited from the City Council and previously served in the state senate, has a favorability rating of 21 percent and unfavorably rating of 14 percent, with 65 percent of voters saying they do not know enough about to him to state an opinion. Acting Brooklyn district attorney Eric Gonzalez, a longtime fixture who has been running the office since the death of Ken Thompson last October, has a favorable/unfavorable rating of 19/8 percent, with 72 percent not sure. The next closest candidate is Ama Dwimoh, who worked in the children's crime bureau in that office; Dwimoh has a favorability rating of 16 percent and an unfavorably rating of 12 percent, with 73 percent unsure. The rest of the candidates are hovering around 11 percent favorability with 79 percent unsure.
In a head-to-head match-up, Gonzalez leads with just 15 percent, followed by Gentile at 11 percent, Dwimoh at 10 percent, the rest of the candidates in single digits and 48 percent of voters unsure whom to support. Since publicly entering the race last week, Gentile has sought to distinguish himself from his rivals by noting he is the only one who did not work for Thompson's longtime predecessor, Charles Hynes, under whose watch nearly two dozen convictions were reversed (thanks to a review led by Thompson). In the poll, 31 percent of voters said they were more likely to vote for a candidate who worked under Hynes, and 26 percent said they were less likely; 32 percent said it would not make a difference and 11 percent were unsure….” (See "Assembly Dems Eye IDC--- DeBlasio Unites with Oddo --- Breitbart Turns Down the Volume on Kushner" by Jimmy Vielkind in Albany and Azi Paybarah in Manhattan, with Addy Baird and Daniel Lippman, 4/11/17, Politico-New York [http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/new-york-playbook/2017/04/assembly-dems-eye-idc-de-blasio-unites-with-oddo-breitbart-turns-down-the-volume-on-kushner-219698]).
RELEASE ALSO SENT TO GM'S "...FOUNTAINHEAD" BLOG
No doubt, the Gentile campaign folks think this was a big enough news item that they took pains to see that it would even show up on a Brooklyn Republican blog like this….. Since they took the trouble to keep me in the loop, I decided to return the favor and give it the full feature treatment that it completely deserves.