Monday, February 15, 2010

City Hall News Vito Lopez Profile

It's not out yet. But it's coming. Will it be flattering or critical? Who knows. What's clear is that CHN Managing Editor David Freedlander is trying hard to to find out what makes the county leader do what he does. He's sat down with Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg, Bushwick) once, and they're likely going to do it again. David has also been trailing the Assemblyman at events, including the Ford luncheon (the second one) and he also hung around Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's house party, hosted by former Council candidate Jo Anne Simon in Boerum Hill. Put Vito Lopez's name in a Google News alert and you get 225 results for that Ford lunch at Cono's, and he was driving the media coverage of the event.

Any kind of in-depth profile about Vito Lopez will be interesting, but the question is why now? Vito's relationship with the media (local and citywide) has mostly been prickly, so his sit-down with Manhattan-based City Hall News could mean that he wants to expound upon one of a number of things. Will the article focus on Vito asserting himself in a number of races, including the Senate race where he is seemingly butting heads with Senior Senator Chuck Schumer? Will it be about his legislative work in the Assembly or a behind-the-scenes look at his role in the State Senate power struggles? Is it about his split in North Brooklyn's council races last fall and a closer look at the upcoming cycle this year? We will find out soon.

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