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Diaz Calls Espada a Better Dem than Detractors

Monday, July 12, 2010 - 10:17 AM

WNYC

The call to oust state Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. from the Democratic Party is going to be met with a direct challenge from Bronx state Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. on Monday afternoon.

Here’s the argument that colleague and supporter Diaz will likely make at Espada’s press conference:

“Who is the one cutting services, cutting education for our community? It is not the Democrat Pedro Espada. It is the Democrat David Paterson. And who is supporting that? The Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

“Who is the one cutting services to senior citizens? It is not the Democrat Pedro Espada. It is the Democrat David Paterson. And who is supporting that? The Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

“Who is the one that wants to increase the tuition for our schools and universities? It is not the Democrat Pedro Espada. It is the Democrat David Paterson. And who is supporting that? The Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

“So, who is the real Democrat, and who is not the real Democrat?”

The criticism against Espada is that he’s trying to enrich himself through various schemes while in office. That makes Espada “not in sympathy” with the party’s stated goals, which is a prerequisite for expulsion from the party.

Espada, it seems, is using the Republican-like budget proposals that Gov. Paterson and AG Cuomo are pushing to turn the argument back on his critics. Katz and Kappstatter hear that Espada will also file his petitions on Monday to get onto the ballot as a Democrat.

For more WNYC coverage on Espada, click here.

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