An endorsement of anti-organization candidates by a Jersey City councilman has some Hudson County Democrats steamed.
James Solomon, who represents Ward E on the city council, endorsed Hector Oseguera for Congress against incumbent Albio Sires (D-West New York) in the 8th district Democratic primary.
“Hector will tirelessly champion working people and progressive policies,” said Solomon. “He will be a representative who is accessible and accountable to the people, not the political establishment.”
He also endorsed Eleana Little for freeholder against the organization pick, Yraida Aponte-Lipski, and Ron Bautista in his challenge to incumbent Anthony “Stick” Romano.
One influential Democratic strategist with strong ties to the Hudson County Democratic organization slammed Solomon for his decision, which was posted on Twitter at nearly 1 AM on Monday morning.
“Congressman Sires has always fought for progressive causes and working families and has stood up to Donald Trump,” said Michael Soliman, the top political advisor to multiple Hudson Democratic leaders. “It’s a shame that James Solomon would abandon a progressive champion like Congressman Sires and his freeholder team – not to mention his own values – to pander for votes.”
Sires was endorsed by Jersey City Councilman-at-Large Daniel Rivera on Sunday
“Albio Sires understands what our Jersey City community needs and he has worked hand in hand with us to deliver for our residents,” said Rivera. “COVID-19 crisis Jersey City has consistently been ahead of the curve in offering testing to those in need, supporting our residents in financial peril and helping our small businesses survive, but none of that could have happened without the millions of dollars in federal funding Congressman Sires delivered. Albio has always been there for us and we will be there for him in this election, because we need him in Washington advocating for Jersey City.”
Early Sunday morning, Solomon OK’d the Hudson Democrats endorsements of Joe Biden for president and Cory Booker’s bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate.