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Monday, August 9, 2010

Bronx Borough President to Endorse Gustavo Rivera?

State Senate candidate Gustavo Rivera is meeting with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. today at the Land & Sea Restaurant in Kingsbridge to discuss his campaign, according to Diaz's communications director John Desio.

The meeting, which starts at 12:30 p.m., is open to the press.  We'll be there and will post an update on the blog later this afternoon.

Rivera, in case you missed it, is running against Pedro Espada, Jr. in the 33rd District.  He's picked up the support of the Working Families Party, The New Roosevelt Initiative, and several Bronx pols (including Councilman Oliver Koppell), but so far neither Diaz nor the Bronx Democratic County Committee have taken sides. 

Interestingly, Diaz's father, State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., is firmly in Espada's camp.


  1. Not quite an endorsement:


  2. I attended today's luncheon.

    Here's what happened: the borough president said it was merely a chance for him to meet the candidate and not an endorsement announcement. He indicated that at this point he was not sure if he would make an endorsement in this race, but was, in essence fact-finding. He said he'd agree to meet with Dan Padernacht, should Mr. Padernacht request such a meeting.

    One thing he made expressly clear is that he will NOT be supporting the incumbent, Pedro Espada, Jr., citing a long history of disagreements between them.

    He also said that he was meeting Mr. Rivera as the president of the Bronx and was not representing any other political body - in particular the Bronx County Democratic Committee. If he does make an endorsement, though, he said he would then try to get his colleagues in government to support that candidate as well.

    Most importantly, the borough president had the turkey club and Mr. Rivera lunched on what appeared to be a rather robust hamburger deluxe.


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