The President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez, is formally backing Adriano Espaillat’s candidacy, announcing his support yesterday on his official website, the news of which promptly spread across Caribbean news agencies. Mr. Espaillat, of course, is a Dominican-American and is hoping for high turnout among that community to propel him to a victory over veteran Rep. Charlie Rangel. The news is even more notable as the Dominican government had previously walked back an ambassador’s endorsement of a new Latino-majority seat in the redistricting process.
“I would like to categorically state that the Dominican Republic views the electoral affairs of the United States, including redistricting issues, as internal and sovereign concerns,” the country’s official ambassador wrote in an email to The Politicker at the time. Read More