Citing his positivity, the Serranos endorse Thompson for mayor
Today, Representative Jose Serrano and his son, State Senator Jose Serrano, endorsed Bill Thompson for mayor, citing his constructive attitude.
"One of the most important reasons why I've always supported Billy Thompson is because he is a coalition builder," said the Bronx congressman. "He believes that we're all New Yorkers."
"He will not play one community against another," he continued. "He will not play one economic group against another."
When I asked him if there were any particular policies that were emblematic of Thompson's non-divisiveness, he said, "It's not so much it's a particular policy as it is a style and a behavior."
Serrano, who is originally from Puerto Rico, has served in Congress for more than 20 years and his endorsement certainly may help Thompson's efforts to win support in the Latino community, which is thought to represent a quarter of the electorate.
The only Hispanic candidate in the Democratic field is the relatively little-known Erick Salgado. Former Bronx borough president Adolfo Carrion has the backing of the Independence Party, but doesn't have a major-party line.
The Serranos' endorsement isn't necessarily a blow to Democratic front-runner Christine Quinn, but it does put some amount of pressure on her to demonstrate some Latino support soon.
UPDATE: I am reminded that Quinn rolled out the endorsement of State Senator Gustavo Rivera a few weeks ago.