What You Should Know
Assemblyman José Rivera said he did not mean to offend anyone with a bizarre video that appears to show the Bronx lawmaker discussing the sexual benefits of “mamajuana” and ogling young women in the Dominican Republic.
“Assemblyman Jose Rivera did not mean to offend anyone, if anyone was offended by the video,” his chief of staff, Jasmin Clavasquin, told Politicker this morning.
State Senator Ruben Diaz sent a special New Year’s-themed edition of his regular “What You Should Know” email newsletters this morning. In his year-end missive, Mr. Diaz took a series of shots at the State Senate with backhanded “political wishes” for the new IDC/GOP leadership coalition, “Uncle Tom” State Senator Malcolm Smith and State Senator Adriano Espaillat.
Crime & Punishment
Congressman Charlie Rangel will continue his efforts to “solidify” his Latino base when he will roll out the endorsement of former Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV tomorrow.
The two have a long history. Not only did Mr. Rangel defeat Mr. Powell’s father in 1970 to win his seat in Congress–a race that pitted a longtime incumbent against a young upstart that has reminds many of Mr. Rangel’s current run against State Senator Adriano Espaillat–but the Assemblyman challenged Mr. Rangel twice, once in 1994 and again in 2010.
Former Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV told The Politicker he doesn’t really think Mayor Bloomberg will go to jail, but he’s still outraged about the maneuvers the mayor made to secure a third term. Mr. Powell also discussed his future political plans.
Last week, Mr. Powell said Mayor Bloomberg would be sent to prison in an El Diario roundup of year-end political predictions. “Bloomberg won’t finish his third term. He’ll be charged and sent to jail, and Bill Thompson will win a special election for mayor,” Mr. Powell said in remarks translated from the original Spanish.
Mr. Powell clarified his comments in a conversation with The Politicker this afternoon.
Former Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV doesn’t think it will be a good year for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mr. Powell gave his grim prognosis after El Diario columnist Roberto Perez asked him and other local politicians to give their predictions for 2012. “”Bloomberg no terminará su tercer término. Será acusado y enviado a la cárcel y Bill Thompson ganará una elección especial de alcalde”, Mr. Powell said, or in other words: Bloomberg won’t finish his third term. He’ll be charged and sent to jail, and Bill Thompson will win a special election for mayor.