Dems plot Gregory Meeks’ replacement –


Queens Democratic leaders are so worried that the ethical and criminal probes surrounding Rep. Gregory Meeks will bring him down, they held a secret meeting to pick his successor.

The clandestine cabal assembled last month at the Guy Brewer Democratic Club in Queens and included the borough’s Democratic boss, Rep. Joseph Crowley, according to two elected officials familiar with the gathering.

But the handpicked successor, state Sen. Malcolm Smith, seems a curious choice because he is under federal investigation himself.

“It would send a terrible signal to DC,” a source said of Smith’s coronation. “We would be the . . . joke of the country.”

Smith was at the meeting, along with City Council members Ruben Wills and Leroy Comrie, according to sources.

Just recently, a friend who’s a SE Queens political operative assured me that Rep. Meeks was safe because there’s nothing to the allegations involving him and Ahmad Edul. I believe this NY Post story is related to the political tensions that have come to characterize Queens politics in SE Queens. I’m sure that more “leaks” will follow.