Diaz for Majority Leader?
September 20th, 2010

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Haile Rivera is urging that Sen. Ruben Diaz be made majority leader of the state senate. He also wants Gustavo Rivera, the man who defeated the current majority leader Sen. Pedro Espada, to back Diaz for majority leader. Funny enough, Diaz recently issued a statement saying that another Hispanic should replace Espada, he even suggest Rivera as a candidate, but said he would not take the post.

I was just on BronxTalk with Gary Axelbank and Roberto Perez from the Perez Notes and we discussed who might get that post. Perez touted Gustavo Rivera as a possibility and in some ways I agree that Rivera, who defeated the man who has come to represent corruption, could very well be a candidate. It is unlikely because is a freshman but it all comes down to whether Democrats can hold on to their majority and if the do how much of a majority they have. Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson may very well find himself at the mercy of Diaz if his party does not gain a few seats.

Here is Hailie Rivera’s press release supporting Diaz, (it came in bright-blue font but I am not having that on this blog):

BRONX COMMUNITY ACTIVIST AND EARLY OBAMA SUPPORTER, HAILE RIVERA SUPPORTS SENATOR RUBEN DIAZ, SR. FOR MAJORITY LEADER OF THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE AND URGES NEWLY-ELECTED SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA (NO RELATION) TO SUPPORT THIS PROPOSAL AS WELL

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5 Responses to “Diaz for Majority Leader?”

  1. HAILE RIVERA Says:
    September 21st, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Here’s the full press release:

    HAILE RIVERA SUPPORTS SENATOR DIAZS CALL TO HAVE HISPANIC FILL SENATOR ESPADAS
    LEADERSHIP ROLES AND URGES SENATE LEADERS TO CONSIDER DIAZ FOR POSTS

    Bronx, New York — Northwest Bronx resident, community activist and early supporter of President Obamas campaign, Haile Rivera is supporting New York State Senator Ruben Diazs call to make sure that a Hispanic is selected for the influential posts that are currently held by State Senator and Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. At the same time, Rivera is urging the Senate leadership that despite Senator Diazs stating he will not accept the posts, the Senate should vote for Senator Diaz to become the next Majority Leader.

    Theres no one better than Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. to occupy the post of Majority Leader and continue the work began by Senator Espada. Senator Diaz is loved in our borough. He has the strength, experience and courage to step up when needed. He knows how to get
    results and I am confident he will be an exceptional Majority Leader. Senator Diaz has been in the Senate since 2002 and we (Bronxites) need to do our best to keep the position and the resources that come along with it. We need every dollar we can get, stated Rivera.

    Rivera, who has been the Founder and Executive Director of Hands On New York since it first began to help residents of the Bronx in 2002, also urged the newly-elected Senator of the 33rd District, Gustavo Rivera, to unite behind this call and encourage the State Senate leadership to select Senator Diaz as the next Majority Leader.

    Our district and borough has many urgent needs, primarily jobs. The Kingsbridge Armory
    can no longer sit there, deteriorating when we can have Bronxites working. Having the
    Majority Leader from the Bronx, and on our side, will help in meeting this need. I strongly urge the incoming Senator from my district to be courageous and support Senator Diaz for Majority Leader, concluded Rivera.

  2. Margaret Groarke Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Anyone can call himself a community leader. Not sure what community Haile has led. Ruben Diaz, Sr., another one of the amigos who left the Democratic Party in an effort to hijack state government for his own purposes, should not be considered by any reasonable person for majority leader. Being majority leader requires being a committed member of the party in the majority.

  3. Jack Marth Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Following on Margaret’s excellent points — let’s not forget that Diaz, Sr. is also on record as opposing a great opportunity for the Democrats to solidify their majority. He is endorsing Republican Senator Frank Padavan over Tony Avella. A basic qualification for majority leader should be supporting the majority.

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