Cuomo Declines to Chat About Espada

cuomo presser bk Cuomo Declines to Chat About EspadaAndrew Cuomo is keeping his distance publicly from the move to oust Pedro Espada Jr. from the Democratic party.

As the leadership in the New York State Democratic Committee today sent a letter to the Bronx County Democratic Committee requesting that it cancel Espada’s enrollment in the party, Cuomo this morning declined to comment on the issue.  

“I think the party’s position speaks for itself,” he told reporters after an event at Brooklyn Law School. “I have a number of ongoing matters with Mr. Espada from the attorney general’s office point of view, so I’m not going to be commenting politically.”

(He announced he was suing landlords for racial discrimination).

Of course, it is Cuomo adviser and state committee executive director Charlie King who is pushing for Mr. Espada’s ouster, per a report Monday in the Post, along with party chairman Jay Jacobs.

The party today released its letter to Bronx County Democratic Committee chair Jeff Dinowitz requesting the ouster, along with this statement from Jacobs:

“Time and again, by word and by deed, Pedro Espada has put his own naked financial interest ahead of bedrock Democratic ideals.  Espada has run rough-shod over campaign finance rules devised by Democrats, has played fast-and-loose with state residency requirements, and – most egregiously – appears to be a Democrat purely for personal profit, not a commitment to our core values.”

Should Espada indeed be pushed out of the party, one wonders what this might do to the budget, which still has not been completed (although the Assembly has said it has no plans to return and the Senate is working on its own plan to close the remaining gap). After all, it’s not like it’s unthinkable that he would caucus with Republicans, and he, presumably, would feel less pressure to fall in line with Democrats.

The letter to Dinowitz is here.



Doc 20100706110954

Article continues below
More from Politics
STAR OF DAVID OR 'PLAIN STAR'?   If you thought "CP Time" was impolitic, on July 2 Donald Trump posted a picture on Twitter of a Star of David on top of a pile of cash next to Hillary Clinton's face. You'd think after the aforementioned crime stats incident (or after engaging a user called "@WhiteGenocideTM," or blasting out a quote from Benito Mussolini, or...) Trump would have learned to wait a full 15 seconds before hitting the "Tweet" button. But not only was the gaffe itself bad, the attempts at damage control made the BP oil spill response look a virtuoso performance.  About two hours after the image went up on Trump's account, somebody took it down and replaced it with a similar picture that swapped the hexagram with a circle (bearing the same legend "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!"!). Believe it or not, it actually got worse from there. As reports arose that the first image had originated on a white supremacist message board, Trump insisted that the shape was a "sheriff's star," or "plain star," not a Star of David. And he continued to sulk about the coverage online and in public for days afterward, even when the media was clearly ready to move on. This refusal to just let some bad press go would haunt him later on.
Donald Trump More Or Less Says He’ll Keep On Tweeting as President