Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Rivera Gets Strong Union Support to Unseat Espada
Gustavo Rivera, a little known figure running to unseat Pedro Espada (who unbelieveably still serves as the Senate Majority Leader), has picked up some powerful union allies. 1199 SEIU and 32BJ both endorsed his race to oust the ethically challenged Espada (see City Hall News article). These unions deserve a lot of credit for getting involved in this race. But it's hard to believe that so few Bronx political "leaders" have not jumped in as well. It is recognized state-wide as the most crucial seat that must be changed if the State Senate is to have any respect. Yet there is silence from the Bronx County Leadership -- that means Carl Heastie, Jeff Dinowitz, etc. The Bronx BP Rubin Diaz had a very public "lunch" with Gustavo yesterday but would not endorse yet. What does it take? It is mid-August, so there is only about a month to go in this race. If Gustavo does not pull this one out, it won't take a rocket scientist to figure out why.