Isaac Abraham: 1,937 (12.56%)
Evan Thies: 1,915 (12.4%)
Ken Diamondstone: 1,324 (8.6%)
Doug Biviano: 1,127 (7.3%)
Ken Baer 811 (5.3%)
Levin, the hand-picked candidate of the county Democratic Party leader Vito Lopez, spoke to our reporter Ben Muessig outside Lopez’s clubhouse, the Bushwick Council of the Knights of Columbus at Wyckoff Avenue and Grove Street.
The clubhouse is actually in the 34th District, which Lopez-backed candidate Maritza Davila appears to have narrowly lost to former Lopez-staffer Diana Reyna (D–Williamsburg).
That added a slight tinge of disappointment to the air, especially among staffers sporting Davila T-shirts — though Levin supporters were in great spirits, celebrating in the crowded clubhouse and in the street.
Levin’s rivals slammed him as a “machine candidate,” but on Tuesday night, that machine was humming.
What was the key to victory?
“I had a great team. We worked really hard. And honestly, Vito Lopez’s mentorship and his advice and guidance was remarkably helpful.”
How do you feel?
“Elated. But also hopeful and a deep feeling of responsibility to live up to the trust that people have put in me.”
“I’m at an 8 out 10 on a scale of exhaustion.”
Lopez declined to talk to our reporter, asking why he was not at a party being thrown by Thies, who was endorsed by The Brooklyn Paper earlier this month. Levin ushered Muessig outside and spoke to him there.
Levin’s victory came after an endorsement that clearly did not send the shockwaves that its recipient predicted. Over the weekend, Biviano had been anointed by last year’s presidential also-ran Dennis Kucinich, who had called Biviano “an exceptional candidate with the ability to be an outstanding member of the City Council.
Kucinich called on “all my supporters in Brooklyn … to go to the polls and vote for him” — judging by the results, that may have been the case. After all, Kucinich got all of 840 votes out of 277,000 cast in the entire borough in the February, 2008 presidential primary.
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