A reader forwarded this invite to a reception being held next Wednesday for Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice with “special guests” Brooklyn Democratic County Chairman Vito Lopez and unnamed party districts leaders.

The event, which is scheduled to take place at Eamonn Doran Restaurant on Montague Street (more or less across the street from Borough Hall), does not appear to be a fundraiser, nor does it mention that Rice is one of at least five Democrats vying to replace AG Andrew Cuomo.

A few thoughts:

The Brooklyn Democratic Party’s nod is in hot demand because it represents a sizable chunk of the weighted state convention vote – 9.146 percent, to be exact, assuming all the state committee members vote as a block. The second-highest (the first is Manhattan, with 10.03 percent).

Many colleagues of another AG hopeful, Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, are lining up behind his candidacy. However, Lopez, who is also an assemblyman, has yet to pick a favorite.

A number of Brooklyn Democrats, including Senate Conference Leader John Sampson, have already lined up behind a third AG contender, Sen. Eric Schneiderman. I’m told Scheniderman helped Lopez’s former aide, Steve Levin, in his successful NYC Council bid last fall, which could help him land the chairman’s nod.

He likes to play kingmaker – recall, for example, how he flirted with Caroline Kennedy and Harold Ford Jr. before finally acknowledging that trying to find a viable primary challenge to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was a lost cause.

Brooklyn Invite