The Organization Man
September 14th, 2011
At times he may have seemed like the candidate who couldn’t shoot straight but Rafael Espinal has emerged as the winner of a hotly contested three-way race for the Assembly seat from the 54th district in Bushwick. With some precincts still out, at midnight, Espinal had 42 percent of the vote versus 32 percent for Working Families Party candidate Jesus Gonzalez and 26 percent for Deirdra Towns, sister of the former Assembly member, Darryl Towns.
Espinal, an aide to City Councilmember Erik Dilan, did not run a terribly adroit campaign. He dodged interviews, boasted of his fealty to the party machine, gave conflicting answers to basic questions on candidate questionnaires and was lampooned for publishing a newspaper of his own when none of the real ones endorsed him.
His victory in a three-way race raises all kinds of questions about whose candidacy hurt and helped whom and there are other issues to ponder as well.
To wit, Espinal (a.k.a. Vito Lopez) forces claimed victory earlier in the evening with only 10 percent of the vote reporting on the sources most of us mortals see.
According to Colin Campbell of BK Politics, Lopez has poll watchers who get the news before the rest of us do. If true, that seems to raise all kinds of tantalizing possibilities that almost certainly can’t be explored at midnight. (Update: We should have known that other candidates can have poll watchers too.)
In any event, aside from David Weprin’s defeat in the congressional race by Bob Turner, Lopez had a good night, with Espinal’s victory and the win by Sharen Hudson in the contest for Civl Court judge. And Weprin’s defeat was almost certainly more of a blow to Queens boss Joe Crowley (and maybe to Barack Obama) than it was to Lopez.By Gail Robinson on September 14, 2011, 12:19 am
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