Espada To Face One Less Challenger
August 2nd, 2010

Sen. Pedro Espada will face one less challenger during the Democratic primary on Sept. 14. That is actually a bad thing for him as pundits have said that the anti-Espada vote could be split. Fernando Tirdado was booted from the ballot on Thursday as his petitions were successfully challenged. Espada now faces Gustavo Rivera, a former aide to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Daniel Padernacht, a Bronx based lawyer. Espada has announced a challenge to Rivera’s pettitions. Rivera is considered to have the best shot beat Espada as he has the backing of the Working Families Party and the New Roosevelt Initiative. Rivera’s camp has called the challenge “frivolous” and “disgusting.”

Tirado posted this on his Facebook page: “I want to let everyone know that I learned this weekend that my petitions were challenged and have resulted in me being knocked from the ballot for the primary. I appreciate this opportunity to have tried to make a difference and have a clearer understanding of what it takes to go down this road…”

“I thank God for the wisdom and strength that I have gained and look forward to other ways I can continue to serve my community. I also thank everyone for your encouragement throughout this process and am very grateful to have your support. I could not have done any of this without each of you”

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