Since everyone is talking about the presidential primary today, it seemed like an opportunity to pull out one more thing David Paterson said at a Times forum this past weekend. In discussing the presidential race, Paterson said, “The thought of electing an African-American president, it has to break the glass ceiling in a lot of other places on the lower frequencies of our society. But what I am hoping when one of these candidates wins [is] that we all recognize that it is still a great moment for our society that either of them can be elected and realize that the election is a prelude to the opportunity for others. We have never elected a woman governor in the state of New York. We have never elected an openly gay person to a statewide office. We have never elected a Hispanic to citywide office.”
In case you were wondering, there are two Hispanics who have declared they are running for citywide office: Adolfo Carrion (comptroller) and Adam Clayton Powell IV (public advocate).