Carrion Ducks Out on Richardson

At last night’s Bill Richardson event, the honor of introducing the first Hispanic to run for President in a major party was supposed to go to Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, according to an advisory from Carrion’s office.

But then, it seems, things got complicated. Carrion has already endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. A photo of him next to Richardson, presumably, would have made a statement that the Clinton campaign might not have appreciated just now.

(Carrion, it should be noted, has acted very aggressively in the past to bat down rumors of dalliances with other candidates).

For whatever reason, Carrion cancelled, leaving Richardson to be introduced by one of the event’s organizers.

A spokeswoman for Carrion emailed to explain: “He had a family issue that he needed to deal with.”

– Azi Paybarah