Jose Rivera, right, with a friend at Bronx County Dinner.
Below is the full text of the letter Assemblyman Jose Rivera sent to Mark Green, which starts with the subtle line :
“Clearly you have learned nothing from the divisive and negative race you ran in 2001 against Fernando Ferrer which cost the New York City Democrats the mayor’s office.”
It ends with this equally emphatic kicker:
“The sad truth is, you run as a Democrat in name, but you once again do the dirty work for the Republicans.”
Tomorrow, according to a source in City Hall, Rivera will endorse Cuomo in the Bronx, according to a source in City Hall.
The timing hardly seems like a coincidence.
— Azi Paybarah
NEWS FROM ASSEMBLYMAN JOSE RIVERA
August 13, 2006
Contact: Ululy Rafael Martinez (347) XXX-XXXX
Mark Green 4AG
420 Lexington Ave., Suite 3030
New York City Y10170
Dear Mr. Green,
After viewing the negative ads you launched attacking Andrew Cuomo, I must ask you: When will you ever learn from your mistakes? Clearly you have learned nothing from the divisive and negative race you ran in 2001 against Fernando Ferrer which cost the New York City Democrats the mayor’s office.
Now after eight years with a great Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, in your umpteenth race for elective office you have once again chosen to run a divisive and negative campaign and are running attack ads against the leading Democratic candidate for Attorney General.
Your new ads are also just wrong on the facts and I noticed that even President Clinton’s opinion about Andrew’s record strongly differs from yours in your deceptive and mean-spirited advertising. Mr. Green, I officially call on you to pull these negative ads and apologize to all New York State Democrats for trying to drag a Democratic primary race down a shameful, nasty and divisive road again.
I also call on you to cease the vicious attacks that you continue to unleash. Your so-called “comparison campaign” is a transparent and cheap cover-up for what is in reality a barrage of negativity and divisiveness. Do not think you can fool New Yorkers by simply calling it a “comparison campaign.”
The sad truth is, you run as a Democrat in name, but you once again do the dirty work for the Republicans. New Yorkers deserve an Attorney General like Eliot Spitzer who will take on the big fights and win, not a Republican who will give hope to the special interests and most powerful institutions that threaten working families.
Mr. Green, after twenty years of running for office in New York, it is time for you to learn from your past numerous mistakes once and for all. I know I am not alone in warning you Mr. Green–Do not turn 2006 into a re-run of the 2001 New York City mayoral campaign. New Yorkers deserve a race free from your destructive political ploys–they have endured them for twenty years and enough is enough.
Assemblyman Jose Rivera