“He still has a core group of supporters in his part of Brooklyn. They can still get people out to vote,” political consultant Evan Thies said.
The scandal, which broke in late August, has taken a toll on his fund-raising. The once-mighty Lopez has taken in just $14,450 in contributions since July, with the bulk coming before the harassment allegations against him became public.
Regardless, Lopez in his latest campaign filing Friday reported still having more than $1 million on hand even though he took in no donations the past three weeks while spending just $9,133. He also didn’t return any donations.
While Lopez has avoided public appearances since the scandal erupted, the Daily News spotted him talking with staffers at his district in office in Williamsburg on Thursday. He shut his door after being notified a reporter was outside and raced off in his gray Acura an hour later, declining to comment.
Lopez also regularly stops at the bodega across the street from his Ridgewood-Bushwick club office, where he buys newspapers and the occasional Häagen-Dazs bar, store clerk Saris Lopez said.
The assemblyman’s embarrassing censure and demotion over a sexual harassment scandal does not appear to have dampened his strong support in the Bushwick and Williamsburg district.