Sept. 19, 2020 By Christian Murray
A number of Queens residents will be holding a rally in Maspeth on Tuesday to urge Council Member Bob Holden to run for mayor.
Organizers are calling for Holden to run for the job saying that he would restore law and order. The rally will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 69th Street and Grand Avenue at 6 p.m.
“We need someone who will bring back law and order—and we think Bob Holden can do it,” said Phil Wong, an organizer. “I grew up in a time when the streets were dangerous and we cannot go back to the crime and chaos of the 1970s.”
Wong said that the city can ill afford to elect another mayor like Bill de Blasio.
He anticipates that hundreds will attend the rally on Tuesday.
“It started small but we might get a few hundred,” Wong, an Elmhurst resident, said.
A New York Post editorial first floated the idea of Holden running for mayor last month. The editorial questioned the quality of the current slate of mayoral candidates and said the city needs people like Holden to take the helm.
The council member has not dismissed the concept. “I’m listening to a lot of people,” he told the Queens Post in a Sept. 2 interview. “I would have to convince my wife and that would be a huge task.”
Holden, when asked Friday what he thought of the rally, also did not expressly rule himself out. In a statement, however, he said his focus would be on serving his council district.
“I was humbled when I heard about this, and I certainly appreciate the support. We have great people in District 30 and I’m focused on being the best council member I can be. I plan to run for re-election to the NYC Council and will announce in the near future.”