The Gustavo Rivera campaign is expected to blanket the homes of Bronx voters with robo-calls from some of his more prominent supporters over the next 36 hours or so.
Among the star-studded line-up getting on the horn in Rivera’s bid to oust Pedro Espada: Thompson, Rev. Al Sharpton, former borough president Freddy Ferrer, city council member Fernando Carbrera, Congressman Eliot Engel and borough president Ruben Diaz, Jr.
The scripts are basically the same, but the one for Thompson goes:
“This is former New York City comptroller Bill Thompson, calling for Gusatavo Rivera. Pedro Espada has ignored our community for too long, but this Tuesday we have a chance to vote for change. That’s why I’m supporting Gustavo Rivera for state Senate in the Democratic primary. Gustavo is an educator and community leader who will fight for jobs and stand up for tenants and Gustavo will represent the Bronx with integrity. This Tuesday, September 14, vote for Gustavo Rivera and help defeat Pedro Espada…”
With so much of the Democratic establishment coming out for Rivera, this race seems to come down to the question of whether or not the powers of incumbency are so strong that they overwhelm grassroots and institutional support.