Election 2010: Dinkins endorsed Adriano Espaillat
In saying, “most people in the city are going to look more like me than others and that’s just a fact, “former Mayor David Dinkins in a press conference yesterday endorsed Assembly Member Adriano Espaillat for the 31st District Senate seat that attorney general hopeful Eric Schneiderman occupied with Congressman José E. Serrano New York’s 16th District in tow.
This may have implications for the 15th Congressional District race Dinkins one of Representative Charles Rangel’s most fervent supporters, and historically aligned with the so-called “Gang of Four” that for many years dominated the political scene in Harlem.
If Espaillat can deliver the Dominican vote certainly it boosts the re-election bid of Rangel. The African-American population diminished while the Hispanic increased in the 15th Congressional District, making it one of the most diverse in the nation.
And African-Americans after more than sixty-five years of representing one of the smallest congressional district’s in the country are politically determined to “preserve their legacy,” beginning with Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in 1945 and continuing through Rangel in 1971 for sixty-five years, hoping an African-American appointed a successor if he doesn’t finish out the term.
This may happen as he continues to forge ahead defending himself against the ethics charges in a trial likely to begin either before or after the November general election.