Primary: Silver Stays, Connor Out, Espada Beats Gonzalez, More

silverchina.jpgMajor endorsements, rape stories, and the alleged machinations of "Roy Odroso" couldn't put Paul Newell over the top. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver held the Democratic nomination in the 64th District with 68 percent of Tuesday's primary vote versus Newell's 23 and Luke Henry's 9.

Other challengers did better. Daniel Squadron, the untalkative, lavishly funded "Kid" trumped longtime Democratic State Senator Martin Connor, 54 to 46 percent.

(Why one, not the other? Off the top of our heads, we'd say an older voter base favored Silver, and a younger one favored Squadron. Go find an exit poll to refute us.)

In a battle of shady Bronx characters, Pedro Espada Jr. -- an aisle-jumping Democrat who campaigned under cover of health fairs -- defeated indicted State Senator Efrain Gonzalez Jr. in the 33rd District and will contend in his stead for the seat.

Another challenge rewarded: Grace Meng -- whose father held the 22nd District Assembly seat in Queens until 2002, when she contested to succeed him, only to be successfully challenged on residency by eventual winner Ellen Young -- took the Democratic nomination back from Young, 59 percent to 41, despite Young's strong bid for the key cyclist demographic. A late surge in donations didn't hurt Meng either.

Readers of our precis on the "Rainbow Rebellion" against Party boss Jose Rivera in the Bronx will be interested to learn that the Rebels' Civil Court stalking horse, Elizabeth Taylor, won her primary with 54 percent of the vote versus two challengers. Rebel Assembly candidates Michael Benjamin and Carl Heastie prevailed, too.

In other races featuring Village Voice subjects, Michael McMahon and Robert Straniere expectedly won their NY-13 Congressional primaries and will fight to succeed drunk adulterer Vito Fossella in November; Ed Towns beat former MTV star Kevin Powell in the Democratic House race; Joe Addabbo breezed in District 15 for the Dem State Senate nom; and the slurrer beat the schnorrer in the Dem race for State Senate in District 21, with Kevin Parker well ahead of Simcha Felder.

Full results at NY1. And watch this space for even more scurrilous coverage between now and November 4.


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