Espaillat sells his campaign to Rangel-district voters as a 'once-in-a-lifetime,' Obama-like opportunity
3:07 pm Apr. 16, 20121
It's pretty clear what State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who is running to unseat 21-term Rep. Charles Rangel, sees as the selling point of his candidacy.
In this video, posted earlier today, campaign volunteer Haile Rivera compares electing Espaillat, who would be America's first Dominican-American congressman, to Barack Obama's election in 2008.
Rivera, who volunteered on Obama's campaign, said he joined African-Americans in shedding tears of joy that day four years ago and that, after the June 26 congressional primary, "We will be doing the same thing."
In the three-and-a-half minute video, complete with festive trumpet soundtrack, Rivera said he tells voters about Espaillat's barrier-breaking candidacy in no uncertain terms: "This is once in a lifetime, we never had this opportunity, may never have it again. Then they start getting pumped."
Rivera does briefly mention Espaillat's work in Albany and knowledge of the district, but the emphasis is on what Espaillat represents.
"We are moving forward," Rivera tells the camera. "We're not stopping. we're going to be out here making sure that people know what is going on, people know the meaning, the importance, the significance of what could happen on June 26, in electing the first Dominican-American congressman in Washington."