If Democrats are going to hold the Senate, they best hope they up their majority by a couple seats...The effort to oust Senator Pedro Espada from the party is being met by charges of racial discrimination by fellow Senator Ruben Diaz Sr, also of the Bronx... Party leaders cannot continue to have to depend on keeping folks like Diaz and Espada in the fold.
The party is playing hardball with Espada because he is such a profound liability to the party's prospects this fall. Even an upstate race like ours could have been affected if the GOP were able to effectively use people like Espada as a talking point.
His corruption problems hurt now but nobody cared as long if he hadn't made waves by staging the coup last summer.
Senator Diaz' assertion that this is anti-Hispanic is typical of the politics of Albany where there are caucuses based on race as well as party.
Espada is getting the heave-ho because he put his own good fortune ahead of the party''s in a way that brought all 32 Dems a lot of negative vibes. He has no friends left...except for Senator Diaz.