The Rivera Strategy
We know ... we know ... you guys just recently voted him off the island - but what the heck, there's a transit strike today. We've got nothing but time on our hands to dig a little bit deeper.
So in case you were wondering, Speaker candidate Rivera's plan to win the Speakership is as follows:
"If I'm not your first pick, then I want to be your second choice," Rivera explained to Norwood News reporter, Heater Haddon, in November of how he's been selling his candidacy to his colleagues.
And apparently, to differentiate himself from Speakers past (and present), Rivera adds to his pitch that:
"I will not be running for mayor," he said, referring to the career trajectories of the last two speakers, Peter Vallone, Sr. and Gifford Miller. "People can find comfort in that."
So there you have it? Perhaps not...
Haddon reminds us that back in the day (3 years prior), Rivera had this to say to Norwood News about his own career plans once term limits kick-in:
"I don't know exactly what I would run for, but maybe it would be mayor of the City of New York," he said at the time.
So there ... now you have it!