In the aforementioned DNAInfo article, South Shore City Councileman Joe Borelli was quoted saying, "If it's such an Anti-Trump effect, I’m not sure why it's such a B-list of candidates," referring to the crop of young, dynamic Democratic candidates challenging the status quote this year and next.
My official campaign response to that comment is:
"Over the past decade, Mr. Borelli and his party's apparatchiks have sat in power in Staten Island while it has suffered from a horrific rise in overdose deaths. And he has the temerity to label first time candidates for office as "B-list"? Sneering disdain like that is the reason most people loathe politicians.
The businessmen of Staten Island, of which I am one, are not B-list, Mr. Borelli. The fathers of Staten Island, of which I am one, are not B-list, Mr. Borelli. The voters of Staten Island, who are sick of watching opioid-pushing CEOs earn eight-figure paychecks, are not B-list, Mr. Borelli. If you want to see B-list, look in the mirror, and look at your slick politician friends here and down in DC. It is the politicians who are failing the people, not the other way around."