Carl Campanile, New York Post, February 22, 2019
Rep. Nydia Velazquez sent out a fundraising email boasting that she’s fought to wrest power from “old white men.”
“When I was first elected to Congress, I ran against the wishes of the party machine that wanted to keep power in the hands of the old white men who had previously had it,” said Velazquez, the first female of Puerto Rican descent elected to Congress, in the Thursday message.
Her political director, Fernando Ramos, reinforced the “old white men” theme in a subsequent email fundraising pitch on Friday.
“Nydia ran for Congress to take on the old white men who had power and to deliver results and representation for the people of her community,” Ramos said.
“Her logic is as thin as her nearly three-decade record on non-accomplishment,” fumed one older white Democrat who received the e-solicitation.
Also, old white men are among the potential leading candidates vying for the party’s nomination to take on President Trump’s re-election bid: Bernie Sanders has already announced his candidacy, and former Vice President Joe Biden and ex-New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg are weighing a run. They are all in their 70s.