Dem Assemblyman Calls Espada a "Thug"

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Friday, Sep 4, 2009  |  Updated 7:00 PM EDT
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Dem Assemblyman Calls Espada a "Thug"

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Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr.

A Democratic assemblyman says Democratic Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada should quit, saying the Bronx senator who mounted this summer's coup is a thug.

In a rare, intraparty slap, Buffalo's Mark Schroeder says he's offended that Espada is a perceived leader.

"He's a thug," Schroeder says.

Schroeder has no power to force a vote in the Senate.

Espada made a Senate coup possible in June by siding with Republicans, who gave him a top leadership post. A month later, he returned to the Democrats to restore their majority, in exchange for another leadership post. Soon after, Espada's son was hired then withdrew from a high-paying Senate job.

Espada also is being investigated for state grants directed to his health clinic.

There was no immediate comment from Espada.

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