Andy Sullivan is switching races. The Republican Tea Party activist planned to take on Councilman Vincent Gentile for his Bensonhurst- and Bay Ridge-based seat, but has now decided to throw his hat into the race for the District 47 seat being vacated by Domenic Recchia, who is term-limited and running for Congress.
Sullivan listed several strategic reasons as to why he thinks he will have a better chance winning Recchia’s soon-to-be-vacant chair, believing he can unite “Reagan-era Democrats” and conservative leaning Latinos and Asians. He also sees an advantage in a field dominated by Democratic candidates.
“This is going to be a bloodletting of a Democratic primary, and I think there’s an opportunity for a Republican to get in there and possibly win,” Sullivan told Brooklyn Paper.
Currently, there are five Democrats running for the seat including Mark Treyger, John Lisyanskiy, Todd Dobrin, Brian Gotlieb and Pastor Connis Mobley.
The most likely reason for Sullivan’s move is the lack of a Republican candidate in the race, securing him a primary victory with no opposition. Currently, Sullivan does not live within the Coney Island district but plans to relocate before Election Day.
Sullivan has not yet updated his website to reflect the switch.