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  How Did a Loyal Democrat Become an Enemy of the Progressives?
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jul 30, 2019 04:41pm
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AuthorJeffery C. Mays
News DateThursday, July 25, 2019 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe political ad began with images of Michael D. Cohen and Harvey Weinstein, and the notion that as long as you had money and influence, you could “do whatever you want in the city.”

The message from Tiffany Cabán seemed clear: There was one set of rules for the privileged, and another far more punitive code for everyone else. And if she were elected as Queens district attorney, she would change that.

But Ms. Cabán had another target in mind: Melinda R. Katz, the Queens borough president.

Ms. Cabán and her progressive Democratic supporters sought to cast Ms. Katz as the villain, a product of old-school machine politics, rife with money and influence. That image, echoed in many social media posts, stuck.

In a matter of weeks, Ms. Katz’s 25 years as a public servant representing Queens — first as a member of the State Assembly, the City Council and now as borough president — had been diminished, her political career reduced to a symbol of everything wrong with the Democratic machine.
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