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Amazon killer Jimmy Van Bramer gets no love from progressives in Queens

2019-09-14

He’s just not that into you.

Unrequited political suitor Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who’s pining for an endorsement in the Queens borough president election, seems bound and determined to win the hand of lefty heart-throbs at the Democratic Socialists of America, despite some pretty strong clues that it’s not a love match.

On Thursday, a Queens leader in the politically influential DSA, dashed off a scathing kiss-off letter to the councilman stiff-arming his request for a meeting.

“I have been trying to stay off your radar because I was afraid that if you realized that I was the new Co-Chair of Queens DSA it might make it clear how unenthusiastic we are about the idea of endorsing you,” Bailey wrote to Van Bramer.

“I know you have been trying to cozy up with [Rep.] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and [Queens D.A. candidate] Tiffany Cabán, but that doesn’t make you our comrade,” he added.

He went on negging Van Bramer for originally supporting a proposed Amazon headquarters in Queens, in 2017. The councilman later became a vocal critic of the plan.

The city-wide leader of the DSA Co-Chair Bianca Cunningham gave the councilman’s heart some hope, though, stressing Bailey’s letter was not the official stance of the group.

The letter “didn’t go through the correct protocol to even be an official position for DSA,” Cunningham told the News. “There was no vote about it, for instance... regardless of whether or not people agree with the views, it’s just not an endorsed statement by the chapter."

Van Bramer will be waiting by the telephone.

“I’ve met with members of Queens DSA. If they choose to take a look at this race, I would seek to be a part of that process,” Van Bramer said Friday.

This is not the first time Bailey has lined up against Van Bramer. Bailey, who could not be reached for comment, worked for two-time Van Bramer political opponent David Rosasco.

Rosasco, who says he was a registered Republican for a time between the two no-shot primaries, described Bailey as an “amazing, smart man.”

Van Bramer ticked off his progressive bona fides in a statement to the News, including “being the first Queens elected official to endorse Tiffany Cabán for D.A., beating Joe Crowley in the Speaker’s race, [and] opposing Amazon.”

“DSA has a democratic process and I respect the organization’s commitment to including a full range of voices. Everyone is entitled to their opinion,” he added.

Political consultant Jerry Skurnik said that he’s watched DSA’s political influence grow, and a snub from the group could hurt him.

“The last two years have shown that DSA does have a significant following,” he said. “I don’t think they guarantee victory, but considering Van Bramer is not going to have support from the traditional part of the party, he needs support from groups like that.”