Skip to comments.Latino Leaders Try to Boost Mark-Viverito’s Speaker Candidacy
Posted on 01/02/2014 9:47:34 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
A collective of Latino elected officials and labor leaders rallied to boost Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viveritos speaker candidacy today, comparing her to President Barack Obama and celebrating her closeness with organized labor.
The rally, held at the headquarters of 32BJ SEIU, served as a reminder to the many council members who were not backing Ms. Mark-Viverito that influential forces were coalescing around her candidacy.
Those forces were also eager to remind her opposition that they are standing in the way of history. If elected by her 50 colleagues on January 8, shed be the first Hispanic City Council speaker. (Ms. Mark-Viverito did not attend todays event.)
This is a historic moment. It truly is. I never thought I would see an African-American president in my lifetime. So that was our Obama moment, said Congressman José Serrano. This with Melissa is our Obama moment. Melissa has the ability, has the talent, has the understanding, has represented a district in the Bronx and in East Harlem that represents all that is needed in New York City. She has the respect of and the support of her colleagues and the support of labor unions.
Led by former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, who was the first Latino to win a major partys nomination for mayor in 2005, the rally featured the leaders of 32BJ, the heavily Hispanic building workers union, and the Central Labor Council. Behind the scenes, labor has aggressively pushed for Ms. Mark-Viverito, the most liberal and labor-friendly candidate in what is now a two-horse race with Councilman Dan Garodnick.
Although Ms. Mark-Viveritio appears to have already consolidated enough support to win the speakers race, 20 council members have yet to back her candidacy. Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, a Queens lawmaker bucking her own county organization to support Ms. Mark-Viverito, acknowledged this reality today while again returning to the topic of Ms. Mark-Viveritos Puerto Rican heritage.
I give my support to Melissa even though, you know, my borough isnt leaning that way. Not yet. We still have time, Ms. Ferreras said. I give my support because shes qualified and a Latina. Because shes smart and a Latina. Because shes passionate and a Latina.
After the rally, a spokesman for Mr. Garodnick blasted out a joint statement from three Hispanic members reiterating their support for Mr. Garodnick. Like the Queens Democratic Party, the Bronx organization is firmly behind Mr. Garodnick.
The ethnic identity of the Speaker is far less important than his/her ability to stand up and fight. And while we largely support the Mayors agenda, it is critical for the Latino community that we have a City Council that is empowered to do its work independently. Dan Garodnick has a long record of progressive activism, independence, and a proven ability to work with people across the spectrum. He will be a great advocate for Latinos, and all New Yorkers, and we look forward to electing him Speaker of the City Council next week, said Council members Annabel Palma, Fernando Cabrera and Maria del Carmen Arroyo.
If I were a Hispanic, I would be insulted by all this asskissing just because someone was a “Hispanic”. I guess today’s leftist Hispanics don’t care about “qualifications”, experience and common sense.
I’m Jewish and I wouldn’t vote for 99% of the Jewish politicians in Congress or at the state/city levels if you paid me. Total liberal assholes and Obama-asskissers.
In Nazi Germany, they would have been licking Hitler’s boots and shining Goering’s shoes to curry favor.
I knew too many of the good Jew politicans of old to find any competent ones today. Today they are, as we say in Yiddish,”Fistichta dreck” - basically, “total crap”.
America will be saved on the day that a person’s character, comptency/experiences and integrity are the only criteria needed to run for public office.
She should go back to Hispan...