Assemblyman William Payne h
as played the race card, suggesting that Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan's
call forSharpe James' resignation from the State Senatewas an insult to African Americans may be a little unfair. Cryan, who has a strong record of supporting minority candidates for public office, also asked that indicted State Senator Wayne Bryant
step down, and that he be replaced by the Democratic nominee, Dana Redd
.Bryant and Redd are African-American.
And in the 29th district, Cryan wants James to be replaced by the winner of the Democratic primary, Teresa Ruiz, who would become the first Latina in the Senate, and just the second Hispanic in state history. Payne's problem is that he is running against Ruiz as an Independent and would prefer that she not gain the advantages of incumbency.