Expelling Espada

7 Jul

Pedro Espada is being kicked out of the Democratic Party. I don’t know if that’s unprecedented or not, but it’s a very interesting and unusual turn of events to say the least.

In its complaint to the Bronx County Democratic Committee, the State Democratic Committee charged that Espada became a Democrat for “ulterior motives,” including his own financial gain, not out of a commitment to Democratic principles.

“Time and again, by word and by deed, Pedro Espada has put his own naked financial interest ahead of bedrock Democratic ideals. Espada has run rough-shod over campaign finance rules devised by Democrats, has played fast-and-loose with state residency requirements, and – most egregiously – appears to be a Democrat purely for personal profit, not a commitment to our core values,” said Jay Jacobs, chair of the NYS Democratic Committee.
“By initiating this proceeding, the Democratic Party seeks to make official what has long been true in fact: Pedro Espada is no Democrat. With any luck, the results of today’s action will – once and for all – end any pretense that Pedro Espada is a member in good standing of the Democratic Party,” added Jacobs.

New York law allows a political party to revoke a voter’s party registration where “the voter is not in sympathy with the principles of such party.” New York State Election Law § 16-110 (2). The process was formally initiated in writing by Edgar Santana, the Deputy Executive Director of the NYS Democratic Committee and a registered Bronx Democrat.

I predict he’ll join the party over which his patronage hire, Steve Pigeon, holds a great deal of sway – the Independence Party.

A corrupt man for a corrupt party!

4 Responses to “Expelling Espada”

  1. Ward July 7, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    Not getting enough of the old Gleichschaltung from Pedro, eh Dems?
    I’m looking around for the world’s smallest violin to play you a little dirge, but I can’t seem to find it.

    • Eric Saldanha July 7, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

      I’m looking around for the world’s smallest violin to play you a little dirge, but I can’t seem to find it.

      You can borrow the one we’ve been using for Pataki, Bruno, Lazio, Volker, et. al. As well as all the crooked/perverted/batshit-insane national GOP’ers who still enjoy the warm embrace/cloak of the party.

      • Ward July 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

        I’ll get my own, thanks–gonna need it big time for Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, etc. on November 3.

  2. Peter A Reese July 8, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    As I recall, Pigeon tried to throw Al DeBenedetti out of the party a few years back. That was probably the act which ultimately got Steve sacked by Lenihan.

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