By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has tapped Councilman Domenic Recchia Jr. as one of its future stars, naming the lawmaker, who has already announced plans to run against Republican-Conservative US Rep. Michael Grimm next year, to its “Jumpstart” program for promising candidates.
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel created the Jumpstart program to provide critical, early support to top-tier
Democratic candidates in competitive districts, according to a statement from the committee. The newly-created Jumpstart program provides early financial, communications, operational and
strategic support to help candidates get a head start in these highly-targeted races.
Recchia has been named to the program along with seven other congressional candidates from around the country.
“These Democratic candidates are well-positioned to win,” the committee’s statement reads.
Recchia was singled out by the http://dccc.org/ DCCC as “a fiscally responsible leader who has proven his ability to get results as chairman of the Finance Committee for the New York City Council.”
Recchia said he was pleased and proud to have been as a top-tier candidate. “I have some great news to share with you,” he wrote in an email message to supporters. “It was announced today that we’ve been selected to be a part of the elite JumpStart program. Our campaign was chosen as one of just a few top tier races in the country to be in the program because they know what you and I know. We can win!” he wrote.
“Being in this program will help us make sure we have the strategic and operational resources we need to win from the very start,” Recchia said.
Recchia, who has serving his third term in the City Council, is hoping to unseat Grimm, a two-term congressman, in the 11th Congressional District. The bi-borough district covers Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Staten Island, and includes parts of Bensonhurst.