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Election 2010: Dinkins endorsed Adriano Espaillat

September 10, 2010

David Dinkins press conference endorsing Adriano Espaillat with Congressman Jose Serrano

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.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Hmm permalink
    September 10, 2010 8:48 pm

    Dinkins’ endorsement of Espaillat was racially charged and represents the type of divisive politics that have plagued us for way too long. Espaillat also held this event on a Jewish holiday which is typically respected by all candidates.

    So not only is Espaillat running a semi-racist campaign, but he is also taking advantage of other people’s religions.

    Espaillat is a bully. He can be bought. He is divisive. He wants to tear our neighborhoods apart, not bring them together. And his positions on rent control, supporting the mayor (and being paid by the mayor), supporting state leadership, etc. have led to the endorsements he’s received.

    • saison1 permalink*
      September 10, 2010 11:44 pm

      What is his position on rent control? How is he paid by the Mayor? Endorsement racially charged, how?

  2. Hmm permalink
    September 11, 2010 1:18 am

    Easy: “most people in the city are going to look more like me than others and that’s just a fact”
    Translation: “Vote for Espaillat because he’s a minority.”

    It’s pretty easy to read through the lines there. And as a minority I think it’s a shameful way to endorse a candidate.

    As for Bloomberg, he’s turned to Espaillat in the past when he couldn’t get support from other New York City based assemblymembers and this has led to money indirectly, and of course endorsements like the one this week.

    If you need more of a history lesson you can do your own research, it’s all out there… this is nothing new.

    • saison1 permalink*
      September 11, 2010 3:31 am

      Interesting interpretation. As a minority? African-American? Few refuse money, very few…Yes, it’s all out there and appreciate your views and comments.

  3. September 11, 2010 2:27 am

    Eric Schneiderman has conflicts of interest, representing the interests of the 1900 attorney International Law Firm K & L Gates, his clients in the firm and the NYS Bar all while serving in the NYS Senate. As candidate for AG arguably he should remain neutral and not endorse anyone. Dinkins’ endorsement means as much to me as Schneiderman’s.
    If Espaillat truly represented reform he would have stayed in the Assembly and used his seniority in the Assembly and call for a change of leadership in the assembly, a new prime minister.
    I’m voting for (from the Judicial System) Kathleen Rice for AG
    I’m supporting Mark Levine in the SD-31

    5-10 years from know, just how many political favors is Espaillat going to owe?

    • saison1 permalink*
      September 11, 2010 3:36 am

      E.Schneiderman is not a neutral person, his major flaw, belongs neither in the Assembly or AG office. Both of your candidates have as good of a chance as the rest. Thanks for reading the Buffalo Puerto Rican press and appreciate your comments and views.

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