Latino political group jumps from Diaz to Kenney to the dismay of some

  Amid a group of Democratic ward leaders, elected officials and allies, Philadelphia mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, center, stands with his hand on state Sen. Christine Tartaglione’s shoulder; 7th District Council candidate Manny Morales is pictured behind Kenney to his left. (Image courtesy of Barry Caro/Diaz Campaign)

Amid a group of Democratic ward leaders, elected officials and allies, Philadelphia mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, center, stands with his hand on state Sen. Christine Tartaglione’s shoulder; 7th District Council candidate Manny Morales is pictured behind Kenney to his left. (Image courtesy of Barry Caro/Diaz Campaign)

WHYY’s Katie Colaneri has reported that a group of Latino political leaders has dropped its support of Nelson Diaz to back Jim Kenney’s candidacy.

And, when word of the Latinos United for Political Empowerment (LUPE) shift went public, it left City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez “disappointed” in her former colleague.

It is the same group backing her challenger, Manny Morales, who was found to post homophobic and racist comments on his Facebook page.

Kenney’s campaign dismissed the criticism as “petty politics” — Quiñones-Sánchez is supporting state Sen. Tony Williams for mayor.

For his part, Diaz — the lone Latino in the mayoral field — told NinetyNine on Tuesday that LUPE asked him for $102,000 in exchange for the group’s endorsement, and that that money that would fund a joint campaign with Morales in the 7th Councilmanic District.

You can read Colaneri’s full report via this link.

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