Likely Manhattan voters will begin receiving rob0-calls today from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., announcing his endorsement of Councilman Robert Jackson in the Manhattan borough presidents race.
Mr. Jackson is facing a trio of well-known challengers in his race to replace Scott Stringer: former Lower Manhattan Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin, Upper West Side Councilwoman Gale Brewer and Upper East Side Councilwoman Jessica Lappin. As the only African-American candidate, Mr. Jackson is focusing on solidifying black and Latino support in Upper Manhattan, which he’s represented in the Council for more than a decade.
Ms. Menin has already been endorsed by several significant Latino elected officials, including Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa and Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez–making Mr. Diaz Jr.’s backing even more notable.
In the 55-second call, an enthusiastic Mr. Diaz Jr., who has also endorsed former Comptroller Bill Thompson for mayor, praises Mr. Jackson’s “energy, integrity and passion” and highlights his record on education. (He is the chair of the council’s education committee.)
Here’s a transcript of the calls that likely voters will be receiving:
“Hello, this is Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. calling to let you know that I am supporting Robert Jackson to be Manhattan Borough President. You see, I know what it takes to be a Borough President, and Robert Jackson has the energy, the integrity and passion to be a great one. He’s a leader who knows how to get things done and has a record to prove it: fighting for the best education for all of our children, more jobs and better conditions for our workers, and safer homes and streets for all of us. He will be a great and strong fighter for all of Manhattan. And you can find out more about his candidacy at Jackson2013 dot com. Again, this is Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. asking you to join me on the campaign trail to elect Robert Jackson as the next Manhattan Borough President. Thank you.”
Mr. Diaz Jr. will also be attending events with Mr. Jackson throughout the summer, a campaign source said.