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PHL-15: Diaz Attacks Kenney for LUPE Endorsement

Nelson-DiazThe Latinos United for Political Empowerment (LUPE) have switched their endorsement for Philly Mayor from Nelson Diaz to Jim Kenney.

Suffice to say, Judge Diaz is not happy about it.

This morning, the Kenney campaign announced the support of LUPE, which includes officials like State Reps. Leslie Acosta and Angel Cruz.

“Whether it was his work on ending ICE holds or supporting immigrant entrepreneurs, Jim always prioritized issues important to minority communities,” said Representative Acosta, chairwoman of LUPE and daughter of former state Representative Ralph Acosta. “We look forward to working with Jim to make Philadelphia an even more inclusive city in the years to come.”

“I’m honored to have the support of these elected and community leaders,” said Kenney. “Too often Latinos are talked about as a segregated voting block, but this endorsement along with the diverse coalition behind my campaign is proof positive that we can all work together to create a better Philadelphia. With the guidance and advice from these Latino representatives, I will work to institute municipal IDs and end stop-and-frisk as mayor.”

This move infuriated the campaign of Judge Nelson Diaz, the sole Latino candidate in the Philly Mayoral Democratic primary.

“Last week, I was told in no uncertain terms that unless I was willing to fund and participate in a joint campaign with Manny Morales, this group would drop their endorsement of me and endorse a candidate willing to make that deal,” Judge Diaz announced in a statement. “I again asked for some evidence Morales hadn’t made the hateful statements attributed to him, but wasn’t given that evidence, because it almost certainly does not exist. My integrity is the most important asset I have, and so I said no. If supporting Manny Morales is the price of this endorsement, it is not a price I am willing to pay. Apparently Jim Kenney is willing to make that deal. I am profoundly disappointed but not surprised. He values his own election more than his integrity, and more than basic progressive values.”

Diaz is referring to Manny Morales, a Democratic City Council candidate who lost the support of party leaders after the revelation of several inflammatory Facebook posts.

Kenney’s campaign fired back, strenuously denying any such deal.

We are absolutely not supporting Manny Morales, nor did we make any such deal with LUPE,” Kenney’s spokeswoman Lauren Hitt responded. “We have given LUPE no money and are not coordinating a “campaign” with them. Maybe Mr. Diaz gave them money after they endorsed him, but we don’t pay for our endorsements. LUPE has endorsed a number of different candidates for City Council and other municipal offices who aren’t supporting Morales either. A number of LUPE’s members also revoked their support for Morales after his Facebook allegations came to light, just as Nelson Diaz did.”

“The Diaz campaign is embarrassed over losing the endorsement of a Latino organization who were unimpressed with the campaign they’ve run and the policies they presented, and the campaign is making offensive, ridiculous accusations to try to excuse it,” she concluded.

At this moment, Kenney is running neck and neck with State Senator Anthony Williams at the top of the polls. Given the complex racial math in Philadelphia, Latino support would be a big boost to the ex-Councilman’s campaign. It’s unclear what effect this episode will have on those efforts.

5 Responses

  1. @ david diano The school system is already beyond ruined. The children don’t have glue and construction paper let alone a nurse full time. No offense but Jerry Jordan has to go he’s ineffective. Why throw good money after bad. We need drastic change.

  2. Whistleblower-

    I’m no fan of Johnny Doc, but Williams would ruin the school system on only in Philly, but spread the influence of his charter school “patrons” to more of the state. That will be some serious patronage jobs.

    Williams has already changed his tune on oil/gas since his wife became a high paid lobbyist. Besides, Johnny Doc can easily afford to purchase Williams for areas of gov not related to schools or oil/gas.

    Voting for Abraham is like handing the election to Williams.

  3. Dangerous? A lot less dangerous than having Johnny Doc as Mayor. He already owns 3 soon to be 4 council seats. If Kenney gets elected he will only embarrass the city as he pays Doc back with patronage jobs and shady contracts. If Kenney tells him NO he will call the FBI before long he will be atop City Hall like Mariano on the ledge. VOTE FOR ABRAHAM

  4. This is a tough break for Diaz. But, Williams is too dangerous to be mayor. We might as well plaster city hall with “for sale” signs.

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