Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Is Linares Leveraging his Neutrality? El Diario La Prensa

POR: Roberto Pérez | 04/04/2012 | El Diario

The melodrama being generated in the race for the 13th Congressional District is just beginning. There are rumors that Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, who is currently neutral in this race, would like to negotiate a deal, with either Congressman Rangel or Senator Adriano Espaillat, for his support.

Linares would like Espaillat to support him for Senate, if Espaillat wins but if he loses. Linares is determined to run for state Senate, according to my sources. This would put Espaillat in a bind, because he has pledged his support to Mark Levine. And in politics, your word is everything. Linares would also like to gather support for his daughter Mayra to replace him in the Assembly.

Linares-I-heard wants Congressman Rangel to support his daughter for his Assembly seat, in return for his support. If Espaillat loses, this creates another dilemma in September, with Mark Levine, Guillermo Linares and Espaillat possibly vying for the Senate seat. The Assembly seat could become a very powerful bargaining chip.

I'm hearing that Bronx Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo is supporting community activist Carlos Sierra for Male District Leader in the 84th AD. Sierra is also running for City Council in the 16th CD.

I also heard that Assemblyman Nelson Castro is preparing for a challenge from Richard Soto. This could be family affair, because Castro defeated Richard's brother, Mike, in 2008. Now Castro could face Richard, who could be looking to avenge Mike's defeat.

In the 15th Council District the names currently being mentioned are District Leader Yudelka Tapia and Joel R. Rivera, Vice Chair of the Bronx Democratic Party. The seat is currently held by Joel Rivera, no relation to Joel R. who lives in the 16th CD, but plans to move to the 15th CD to take advantage of sharing the same name as the incumbent. But the wildcard in this race is developer Radame Perez because of his deep pockets, if he decides to run, he could scare away all contender's. Radame has not made up his mind. I spoke to him a while back, and here's what he had to say. "For now you should know, that I am carefully thinking things through. In the next two months, I'll be calling on a group of friends to help me make the best decision."