10/08/2018 — Schumer backlash over Kavanaugh … Crespo having regrets about recent magazine profile

By GERSON BORRERO

Get rid of Schumer… Huh?!?!

At first I thought the bochinchero — a Queens Democrat — was just lashing out because they were as angry as others were about the confirmation of the tainted Brett Kavanaugh to become the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The week’s news prompted the person to be very critical of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s role in the process just before the vote was taken.

“He [Schumer] was under energized. Chuck lacked passion. He just read his comments. I wanted to see more or just as much emotion and energy as the Republicans were displaying. He looked defeated and old.”

At first I dismissed this bochinchero’s criticism and chalked it up to the frustration of what had just happened on Saturday afternoon.

However, between text and direct messages and one telephone conversation in the 24 hours since the confirmation, there are more than a handful of neoyorquino bochincheros who seem to feel that the senior Senator is part of the problem in Washington, D.C.

One of the critics texted: “Blame Schumer. His strategy was shit. He needs to be removed from leadership. He is in the pocket of big banks, recently fast tracked a bunch of conservative corporate lawyers for confirmation to federal courts. He needs to go.”

This from an upstate New York Democrat.

Along those lines, I heard from others who expressed pointed criticism of Schumer that was similar in that they felt he’s gotten viejo and is part of the old boys inside the swamp. The critics — all insider Democrats, to my surprise — feel that Schumer is not the person to lead the fight in the Senate against the Republicans. That’s with or without a majority. Two of the critics — one from Albany and the other from Manhattan — expressed that Schumer has to get a primary in 2023.

Okay. So,I asked: Where’s the challenger?

The separate text responses I received were:

“No one w balls. You know the deal here, lol.”

From the critic in the city: “I’m talking to some folks about precisely who that person could be.”

Which, of course, at this place and time in the news cycle sounds loco. But then again these are unpredictable times and it’s a scary period in the nation.

Sounds like venting to me.

However, If the Democrats don’t win the majority in the Senate as expected, what happens to Schumer’s minority leader title? Could there be a move by the younger more ambitious Dems in the Senate — there are a few — that will or could challenge him?

And here in New York, Schumer’s up for re-election in 2023. He’ll be 74-years-old. Not exactly a spring pollo but by current average ages in the senate, not ready to be put out to pasture either.

Are the sick-of-Schumer bochincheros mentioned here on to something? Or will serious Democrats lack the political ovaries or testicles to primary the Brooklyn power broker?

“This is ridiculous talk. Now and the next three to five years requires all the experience that a Schumer has. No one is going to challenge him in the Senate. And here in New York you’d have to be meshuggeneh to even think of running a primary against Chuck,” opined a top state Democrat who dismissed this coming from Democrats, “who probably can’t rub two nickels together. Never mind the millions needed to take on Schumer.”

What say you?

Regrets? Marcos Crespo has a few…

“For a guy in his late thirties, he sure sounds like one of the old party bosses,” is what one bochinchero from Brooklyn told me about a recent City & Statecover profile on The Bronx Democratic County Chairman.

That was among the kindest comments about the feature that doesn’t read very well for the NY State Assemblyman.

A very critical político from his own county pointed to this paragraph from the article as evidence of what a títere (puppet) of the permanent machine Crespo is:

“A few weeks ago, I met Crespo at his district office in the Bronx’s Soundview neighborhood. It was 2 p.m., and caseworkers from Crespo’s constituent services were hard at work, ironing out issues on behalf of residents. Crespo was busy too, talking inside his back office with Bronx Democratic Party attorney Stanley Schlein, the organization’s tall, bespectacled kingmaker. He was the reason why I sat for 20 minutes inside the boxy waiting room, where Crespo’s portrait hangs just above his teller-style window,” wrote David Cruz.

In case you’re not familiar with Stanley, here’s an interesting read about him. And here’s another piece on the person Crespo met with behind closed doors as the reporter waited.

“This is the kind of association that makes Marcos hurt his future in politics. He’s a young articulate and personable pol, but the way he comes off in this article is not as you say ‘bueno’,” the bochinchero said.

Several sources told me that “Marcos regrets having given the interview.”

To that point, Crespo only mentioned the piece in his Twitter handle once.

@MarcosCrespo85 tweeted on 9/26/18 with a link to the piece.

“The way he [Crespo] comes across doesn’t do any good for Rubencito [Bronx Borough President Ruben Díaz, Jr.] and I’m sure the governor couldn’t be happy with the mentioning of how conservative Marcos is.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a good relationship with Crespo and he [Marcos] says so in the piece. “I’m sure Cuomo didn’t appreciate Marcos blabbing about specifics,” one insider told me.

I tried to reach Crespo before writing this to give him a chance to speak on or off the record, but he didn’t respond to multiple text messages. You have my number, Marcos. Unless you’ve decide to adapt the adage: “en boca cerrada no entran moscas.”