Yonel Letellier Sosa, who is running against Assemblywoman Ari Espinal and lawyer Catalina Cruz in the Democratic Primary in a little more than one month, held a press conference last week outside Espinal's office decrying the most recent mailing from her office.
Letellier Sosa said the mailer amounted to little more than campaign materials, but rather than being paid for by Espinal and her supporters, the bill was footed by the Assembly, ergo the taxpayers.
Not that there's anything unusual about that. Every state elected official sends out the same mailers promoting the work that they have done up in Albany. The closer to an election the better!
Letellier Sosa's argument is that Espinal should have never been in office in the first place to even warrant the newsletter.
Espinal won a special election in April to fill the seat that was vacated by Francisco Moya, who is now in the City Council. Under the state's election laws, in a special election the political parties decide who will carry their line, not the voters.
In this case, the Queens Democratic Party picked Espinal, and in an overwhelmingly Democratic district, that made her a lock to win the seat.
Of course, she now has to defend it again next month in an open primary.
We're not sure how well this tactic will work for Letellier Sosa; most voters probably don't have the time to follow the roundabout logic of his argument. But he will finally get a chance to find out on September 13.