Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, the main feminine Democratic candidate in the race for comptroller, is accusing rival Corey Johnson, the City Council speaker, of elbowing her out of a talking engagement Sunday at a Queens church.
Caruso-Cabrera, a former CNBC anchor and veteran enterprise journalist, shared emails between her marketing campaign and employees of First Baptist Church of Corona-East Elmhurst over the prior weeks about an invite to talk to the congregation.
But Caruso-Cabrera was shocked — and furious — when she confirmed up at First Baptist Church Sunday morning solely to be instructed she couldn’t discuss her candidacy.
Caruso-Cabrera arrived on the church, and was instantly ushered right into a again room the place she was knowledgeable that Johnson would communicate in her place, a marketing campaign supply stated.
The native councilman, Francisco Moya, additionally was permitted to talk.
The Council had supplied First Baptist Church $100,000 for its meals pantry in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
First Baptist Pastor Patrick Young chalked it as much as a “mix-up in scheduling” and supplied Caruso-Cabrera an opportunity to talk on the church this Sunday, June 6.
Young insisted he didn’t knuckle beneath strain to have Johnson bump Caruso-Cabrera to talk first to his largely black congregation, as a result of of funding the Council supplied the church meals service within the funds.
Young, who is active in a statewide faith-based group referred to as Mobilizing Preachers and Communities, stated Johnson’s marketing campaign had referred to as 9 days earlier than the service, requesting time to talk.
But he additionally stated, “Corey Johnson is a speaker of the Council and he did something tremendous for our church.”
“If [Caruso-Cabrera) was big-footed, she wouldn’t be allowed to speak. Our door is open to all,” Young stated.
Caruso-Cabrera was skeptical about Pastor Young’s rationalization for changing Johnson with her as speaker.
“Either Corey is so worried about the growing support for my campaign that he is following me and using taxpayer dollars he controls as speaker to influence who will speak at churches in an effort to save his campaign, or Reverend Young wants us to believe in coincidences — that of all the churches in this city, Corey was accidentally confirmed to speak at his church on the exact same day as me,” Caruso-Cabrera stated.
Johnson marketing campaign spokesman Avi Small stated of the church talking flap, “Corey was honored to receive an invitation to address First Baptist Church and happily agreed to attend services on the date Pastor Young recommended. Any claims otherwise are silly and completely untrue.”
Caruso-Cabrera ran for Congress final 12 months, dropping to incumbent lefty firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez within the Democratic main. First Baptist Church is an element of the congressional district and Caruso-Cabrera, a Queens resident, had stumped within the space.
Other candidates working within the Democratic main for comptroller embody Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander, who’s backed by AOC; Queens Assemblyman David Weprin, Manhattan state Sen. Brian Benjamin, Brooklyn state Sen. Kevin Parker and former marine and veterans’ well being advocate Zachary Iscol, amongst others.
The comptroller is the town’s monetary watchdog whose workplace audits authorities companies, displays the funds and spending, points experiences on the economic system and manages the municipal worker pension funds.