Former ‘N Sync member Lance Bass recently became the latest endorser of Melissa Mark-Viverito in the race for New York City Council speaker. Mark-Viverito says she is confident that she has secured enough votes for a win.
Bass joined more than two dozen LGBT activists who have endorsed the Harlem councilwoman, including “Sex and the City” star and Bill de Blasio backer Cynthia Nixon, openly LGBT councilmen, and Democratic club leaders like Allen Roskoff. Bill de Blasio has also backed Mark-Viverito.
“I am proud to support Melissa for Speaker for the City Council,” Bass said in a statement. “Melissa has been an effective and consistent advocate for the LGBT community. She has spent her entire career fighting for social and economic justice. I support her whole heartedly and urge other members of the LGBT [community]to do likewise.”
The ‘N Sync star has been politically active for the last few years. He also endorsed former Speaker Christine Quinn in the New York City mayoral race in 2013. The singer has also been involved in a campaign pushing Governor Andrew Cuomo on the controversial hydrofracking issue.
While the fifty-one members of the Council are due to cast their ballots for the councilwoman this coming Wednesday, January 8, Mark-Viverito has been rolling out endorsements to try to maintain momentum since before Christmas.
The pledged support from the Council came after Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed his preference for the councilwoman in phone calls to several council members.
Her opponent, East Side Councilman Dan Garodnick, remains in the running.