Jo Anne Simon, a reform-minded district leader who has been a frequent critic of Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, is using his sexual harassment scandal as a means to whip up support for her re-election campaign.

Simon forwarded a copy of this mailer, sent out in advance of Thursday’s primary in which she will once again face a Lopez-backed challenger.

This isn’t the first time the embattled and soon-to-be former Brooklyn Democratic boss has tried to oust Simon at the ballot box. She trounced a candidate he supported in 2010.

Lopez is also trying to get rid of another thorn in his side, District Leader Lincoln Restler. Both Simon and Restler have called for Lopez to resign in the wake of his scandal.

Simon was mentioned as a potential replacement for Lopez as Brooklyn Democratic chairman – the only post he has volunteered to give up so far.

But at the moment, it looks like former Assemblyman Frank Seddio has amassed sufficient support to take control of the party organization, even as a number of minority members are pushing for Assemblyman Karim Camara, whose candidacy is complicated by the fact that he’s neither a district leader nor an executive committee member. The party rules require the chair to hold one of those two positions.

It’s possible Camara could become eligible through a complicated switcheroo, but that seems highly unlikely at this point.

Jo Anne Simon Sept 2012 Mailer