Rivera Camp Blasts Espada
July 29th, 2010

The Daily News is reporting that Sen. Pedro Espada is challenging the petitions of his main challenger Gustavo Rivera in an effort to get him kicked of the ballot for the Sept. 14 primary. Espada’s lawyer issued a statement calling the action “good government at work.”

Rivera’s campaign is not taking the challenge lightly.

Horacio Gutierrez, chief campaign strategist for Rivera, called the act “disgusting.”

“This just shows how scared Mr. Espada is,” Gutierrez said. “It is disgusting to try to disenfranchise the thousands of voters who signed for Rivera. Espada doesn’t know the meaning of good government!”

This is disappointing but not surprising,” Gutierrez continued. “It shows that Espada has given up on the people he is supposed to represent. Thousands of people across the district signed for Rivera. Thousands have said enough with Espada. It shows that he is running scared. He is trying to use his funds to make sure Gustavo isn’t on the ballot with a barrage of lawyers but come Sept. 14 Gustavo will be on the ballot.”

Rivera has emerged as the main threat to the scandal ridden Espada. Rivera has earned the endorsement of the Working Families Party and the New Roosevelt Initiative. Fernando Tirado and Daniel Padernacht are also challenging Espada.

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