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Espada Files Signatures, Strikes Out at Democrats

Monday, July 12, 2010 - 03:25 PM

Embattled Democratic State Senator Pedro Espada, surrounded by supporters outside the Bronx Board of Elections Office, said he filed 10,000 signatures to get on the ballot for re-election on the Democratic line this fall.

The State Democratic Party said last week they were moving to expel Espada the party, citing alleged corruption.

Espada said he was the target of a racially motivated attack, but vowed to prevail in court and at the ballot box.

He also challenged his main critic, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo.

"I ask you Andrew Cuomo, how many clinics have you opened up," Espada said, referring to the fleet of health care clinics he founded and that have flourished during his tenure.

Espada also said "God is in me" and "God is on my side," trying to rebuff what he said was an inaccurate depiction of him in The New York Post as a critic of the Catholic church.

Supporter Ruben Diaz Sr., a fellow Democratic State Senator, held up the front page of The Post, depicting an alleged no-bid contract the governor gave to a company with which his wife is associated.

"Who is the better Democrat," Diaz asked, echoing a criticism he outlined with WNYC earlier today.

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