A question about Adolfo Carrion, and a contemptuous response

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Later this evening, Adolfo Carron Jr. is formally launching his mayoral campaign.

Carrion, the former Bronx borough president and director of the White House's urban affairs office, is running on the Independence Party line and is seeking the Republican Party's support. Until recently, he was a Democrat.

Carrion's pitch to the Republican Party is essentially that he is precisely what they need at the moment, in the wake of the G.O.P.'s poor performance in last year's election: a social moderate who can appeal to Hispanic voters.

At City Hall this morning I ran into Bertha Lewis, the progressive activist and former head of ACORN who is now director of the Black Institute, which advocates for more government spending to help poor and low-income residents. (She was there for a press conference with union members advocating for Cablevision workers recently dismissed from their jobs, reportedly for labor-organizing activities.)

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Lewis declined to say who she was supporting in the mayor's race, but was visibly annoyed when I mentioned Carrion.

"Opportunistic candidates should be dismissed," she said.