Erick Salgado Compares His Struggle for Legitimacy to MLK

Erick Salgado V. Discrimination
Erick Salgado at today’s press confernece

Rev. Erick Salgado has a dream.

That dream is to be included in Quinnipiac University polls of the mayor’s race, like his fellow, better-known, Democratic candidates.

To make his point known, Mr. Salgado held a press conference on the City Hall steps this morning and accused the polling firm, as well as debate organizers and the media, of discriminating against his campaign based on his socioeconomic status and his ethnicity.

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Anthony Weiner and Bill Thompson Release Spanish TV Spots

El Futuro as seen by Anthony Weiner.
“El Futuro,” as seen by Anthony Weiner.

With less than three weeks to go until the Democratic mayoral primary, the candidates are hard at work trying to court the Latino vote.

Today, in another sign the vote remains up for grabs, former Congressman Anthony Weiner and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson both released Spanish-language television advertisements–the first of the mayor’s race.

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Bill de Blasio Touts His Spanish Language Skills

Bill de Blasio in his new ad.
Bill de Blasio in his new ad.
Step aside Carlos Danger, Bill de Blasio is ready to make his own pitch to Latino voters as he and his fellow mayoral candidates increasingly tailor their message to the city’s sizable Hispanic community.

Mr. de Blasio, who has clearly been practicing his Spanish language skills, released a new online ad today where he personally narrates in the language.

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The Mayor’s Race Shifts Into Latino Overdrive

Council Christine Quinn and former Comptroller Bill Thompson at Latino-oriented campaign events.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Comptroller Bill Thompson at Latino-oriented campaign events.

At the height of a blistering heat wave that pummeled the city two weeks ago, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn stepped from a black SUV that lingered near the sidewalk just long enough to let its precious cargo leave. The former governor of Puerto Rico, Sila María Calderón, draped in a regal gold jacket, had flown from San Juan to join Ms. Quinn and formally endorse her for mayor of New York City.

Once inside a larger recreational room of the Bronx’s Andrew Jackson Senior Center, filled to the brim with primarily Hispanic seniors, the pair of female politicians were announced like the Rolling Stones gracing the stage of Madison Square Garden.

“We have the first woman who was the governor of Puerto Rico and we have the first woman who is going to be the mayor of the City of New York,” Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo declared, drawing uproarious applause.

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Quinn Rolls Out Support From Former Puerto Rican Governor

Former Puerto Rican Governor Calderón endorses Christine Quinn
Former Puerto Rican Governor Calderón endorses Christine Quinn.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn jetted across the city Monday to show off her newest endorsement in the mayor’s race: former Puerto Rican Governor Sila Maria Calderon.

Ms. Calderón, who said she traveled from San Juan to join Ms. Quinn on the blisteringly hot day, began the tour in the Bronx, where Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo boisterously announced the endorsement, and presence, of Ms. Calderón to a crowded room of primarily Hispanic seniors at the Andrew Jackson Senior Center.

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Councilwoman Castigates NY1’s Latino Debate as ‘Farce’

The candidates on stage at the debate. (Photo: NY1)
The candidates on stage at the debate. (Photo: NY1)

One City Council member was not pleased with a televised mayoral debate held on Wednesday, but her ire was reserved for the questioned asked, not the answers given.

In a letter obtained by Politicker, Councilwoman Annabel Palma slammed NY1, NY1 Noticias and the Latino Leadership Institute, who hosted the debate focused on Latino issues. Specifically, Ms. Palma accused the organizations of turning the debate from “substance” into “farce.” Continue reading “Councilwoman Castigates NY1’s Latino Debate as ‘Farce’”

Anthony Weiner Defends His Congressional Record in the Bronx

Anthony Weiner. (Photo: Getty)
Anthony Weiner. (Photo: Getty)

Today’s front-page New York Times story detailing Anthony Weiner’s lack of congressional accomplishments hadn’t been published yet, but last night, Mr. Weiner suddenly found himself defending his record.

It was at a Latino-focused forum and the topic was immigration. And, as he’s done before, the former congressman blamed Republicans for the lack of movement on the issue.

“Unfortunately, every member of the Democratic caucus, you can say, didn’t get much done during the Bush years while I was on immigration committee,” the slender-framed Democrat said, pivoting to a joke. “When I got on that committee, I was six-four, 290 pounds. This is all that is left of me.”

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