Democratic Committee Wants Espada Out of Party

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    TK
    NBC New York
    The Dems don't want Espada.

    The New York Democratic State Committee wants the party to dump the state senator from the Bronx who sided last year with Republicans in a coup that stalemated the chamber for a month.

    The committee says in a letter to the Bronx Democratic Party that it should cancel Sen. Pedro Espada's enrollment because he bartered away his party allegiance for personal benefit.

    Calls to Espada, named majority leader after rejoining the Democrats to restore their 32-30 voting advantage, were not immediately returned Thursday.

    Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, the Bronx committee chairman, tells the New York Daily News that proceedings against Espada probably couldn't be finished before the Sept. 14 primary and any subsequent court battle could last months.

    The New York Post first reported on the state committee's letter Monday.