He’s got $12,000 and a dream.
Bay Ridge resident and would-be politico Kevin Peter Carroll has raised a considerable amount of cash to kick off his first-ever campaign —against Ralph Perfetto, a Democratic state committeeman in Bay Ridge since 1992 — for a post that doesn’t even earn a salary.
By comparision, Perfetto hasn’t raised a dime.
“I’m trying to raise the money I think I need to win the race,” said Carroll, when asked why he had such a large war chest for a relatively insignificant seat.
Carroll has been soliciting contributions of as much as $1,000 from supporters, focusing on what he called “grass roots support,” including “a lot of people within the 60th,” for his candidacy.
“Small donations are what I’ve been getting in, which is why I’m so excited about how high the amount is,” he said. “That’s why I know I’m going to win.”
Despite Carroll’s aggressivness, Perfetto says he isn’t entering the funding race.
Rather, he is going to rely on the old standbys — enthusiasm and shoe leather, and the substantial experience of his backers to rally troops for the election, which will be held on Primary Day, Tuesday, Sept. 14.
“I’m committed to the campaign,” Perfetto assured mnembers of the United Americans Democratic Organization, which he recently founded. “I’m going to work. I take this challenge very seriously. I’m asking you, are you supporting me?” — a question that was answered by a burst of applause.
“I’m counting on my record to bring me through this,” he added.
But one battlefront that has been delineated by Perfetto is home turf. Perfetto pointed out that Carroll was “originally from Park Slope,” and had only registered to vote in the 60th Assembly District a year earlier.
“He’s in for a rude awakening on what works over here,” Perfetto predicted.
Carroll — who is anything but shy about his ambition — has a different take on the race.
“It’s time for new leadership,” he said. “Someone needs to be worrying about the future, the next 10, 20, 30 years, not only the achievements of the past.