Erica Garner’s father’s death was caught on camera, as police literally choked the life out of him. Eric Garner’s death capture nationwide attention and sparked protests against police brutality and now his 25-year-old daughter is considering a run for Congress against Rep. Dan Donovan, the former Staten Island district attorney who she claims didn’t deliver justice for her father.
“I’m considering it,” Erica told the NY Post.
Donovan used Garner’s death to launch his political career, after he convened the grand jury that cleared Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death.
“He’s been promoted,” she said. “He had a platform off my dad’s dead body to run for Congress, and that’s why he did it. It was a political move.”
Erica has been advised to get advice from local politicians and officials to help her map out her run.
“Her first step would really be to meet with leadership and make the case of what does she bring not only to the position but to Staten Island and Brooklyn [voters],” said Staten Island Democratic Assemblyman Matthew Titone.
Although Erica is the only Democrat who has expressed interest in challenging Donovan, some people feel that winning would be a long shot.