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Thursday, May 31, 2007

An Offer They Can't Refuse?

Bronx Democratic boss Jose Rivera has invited the top Dem presidential candidates -- Obama, Clinton, and Edwards -- to a June 8 forum on Puerto Rican politics at Hostos Community College.
There was a time in the Bronx when the road to the White House was paved through our fair borough. Candidates didn't need to be invited. They just knew they had to come to Concourse Plaza or some other such venue and kiss the ring of local party honchos.
The Bronx hasn't held the brass ring for presidential aspirants for a few decades at least.
But now that New York has moved up its presidential primary date to early in 2008, and voters will actually get to pick among a large field of candidates, Democratic contenders won't be able to take the Empire State's delegates for granted.

So, it's no coincidence that Rivera is now extending an "invitation" to his fellow Democrats to stop by for a visit. How influential he and our borough are, or are perceived to be, will be determined in the nature of the candidates' RSVP's.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Haile. You're right.
    For the record, the event is being billed as a meeting of the "Central and North-East Puerto Rican and Latino leadership"


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