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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Adolfo Says 'Soon'

Liz Benjamin caught up with Bronx BP Adolfo Carrion at the governor's State of the State address today and he told her that good news could be expected "soon." He wouldn't elaborate but if his good cheer can be read as a signal, it looks like Carrion will be packing up for D.C. to take a job in the Obama administration any day now.

Special election here we come ...

1 comment:

  1. January 12, 2009

    Dear Mr. President-elect:

    I would like to congratulate you on the historic victory in November. You not only made history by becoming the first African-American President but you began a movement of change which I was honored to be a part of and look forward to continuing being a part of for years to come.

    I am taking the unusual decision of writing, openly, to you in regards to Adolfo Carrion, Jr, current Bronx Borough President and one who has been in the news as the possible Director of the Office of Urban Policy.

    As a Bronxite, I know first-hand of Carrion's work and commitment to urban issues affecting not only The Bronx but every American. From education, youth, housing, economic development, domestic violence, transportation, and so on, Carrion has been at the forefront of these issues. I have always admired Carrion for his commitment to the people of The Bronx but more importantly, I have strong admiration for his ability to be honest with the people, a characteristic both of you shared.

    After my dinner with you on July 11, 2007, I became more engaged in your campaign, eventually deciding to leave my employer and join Obama For America as a Field Organizer. I was dispatched to key primary states such as Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Puerto Rico. In the General, I was in charge of Hialeah, Florida, the city with the highest concentration of Cuban-Americans. It was no easy task organizing in Hialeah but ultimately, we achieved our goals and won Florida. The hours were long, sometimes going with little or no sleep, and the work was no walk in the park. The decision of packing my bags and hitting the road with OFA was exciting and came with much sacrifice, having to leave everything behind: my job, home, partner (she later joined OFA as well in Florida) and missing family birthday parties and reunions. Notwithstanding, I was honored to help you become our 44th President.

    The possibility that you might be considering appointing Mr. Carrion to lead the Office or Urban Policy makes me even more excited and could not be more proud to have serve on your staff. Mr. Carrion is one of America's brightest and most committed public servant. I support, without any reservations, and hope that you select Mr. Carrion to lead America's urban communities in the right path of success and progress. I can' t think of no better qualified candidate to serve as the Director of the Office of Urban Policy. On a side note, it is also noteworthy to mention that Mr. Carrion could be a great Salsa instructor so that in your next visit to Puerto Rico and hopefully The Bronx, you can display your salsa dancing abilities.

    I am looking forward to seeing you again soon. My best to Michelle, Sasha and Malia.

    With unbound pride and devotion, I remain,

    Most sincerely yours,

    Haile Rivera


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