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.