Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bronx Dems Make It Official, Back Diaz In SpecElec

Apparently, yesterday's meeting of the Bronx Democratic organization was not as "unofficial" as I was originally told.

The county organization has just issued a release announcing that they will be backing Assemblyman Ruben Diaz in the upcoming special election for borough president.

"The Bronx Democratic Party is very proud to support Assemblyman Diaz for Bronx Borough President. He is well equipped to perform as our Borough President and would govern for residents of all corners of the Bronx," said party chairman and Assemblyman Carl Heastie in the release.

Of course, Diaz is psyched.

"I am honored to receive the support of the Bronx Democratic Party. The Bronx Democratic Party has always represented the hard working families of the Bronx and I am proud to continue in that tradition. I look forward to campaigning with members of the Party in the weeks ahead," said Diaz in the release.

The release points out that all Bronx public officials and party officials were invited to the meeting, and adds that Diaz received the "overwhelming support" of those in attendance.

UPDATE: I have a few more specifics about yesterday's meeting at County. 18 of the 24 district leaders attended, including representation from all but one of the assembly districts. One abstention puts the vote total at 17-0-1, well above the majority needed for the endorsement. Again, all district leaders, public officials and other party officials were invited to attend.

--John DeSio

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