Jo Anne Simon
In 2010, when Vito Lopez was re-elected as chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, he won with the kind of margin normally reserved for party elections in the old Eastern Bloc, with 47 votes in his favor and only 3 opposed.
No one really expected Representative Nydia Velazquez to lose last night, in her first real primary challenge since being elected to Congress in 1992.(1)
Her meeting with Brooklyn's Democratic boss Vito Lopez had been a friendly one, as far as Nydia Velazquez knew.
It was 1992, the year she was first elected to Congress. Velazquez and Dennis Rivera, then the president of the health care workers union, 1199 SEIU, met with Lopez at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan to coordinate his support for her campaign.(3)