Via press release from NYC Councilman Ruben Diaz:
After serious analysis, of which I spent in prayer with God, family, ministers and after a political analysis, I have made the decision to follow the example of my two sons. My biological son Ruben Diaz Jr., and my political son Marcos Crespo.
I have been blessed to have served with honor and I am grateful to God for having allowed me this privilege. With the help of God and my Lord Jesus Christ, I intend to finish out this term as a Member of the City Council which comes to an end on December 31, 2021.
And then in the words of the Apostle Paul I will say: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
So he’s retiring, but we’ll still be burdened with his hateful awfulness for another 18 months.
Today announcement comes after Diaz was trounced in his bid for the US House by openly gay NYC Councilman Ritchie Torres, although final results for the Democratic primary have still not been declared nearly three weeks later.
As longtime JMG readers know, Diaz has long been the most viciously anti-LGBT politician in the state, twice leading thousands of evangelicals in hate marches through the streets of New York City, one of which climaxed with a preacher declaring that gays are “worthy of death.”
Accompanying Diaz in that second march was hate group leader Brian Brown, who belatedly endorsed Diaz on the eve of the primary.
— katie honan (@katie_honan) July 13, 2020
The Rev. Rubén Díaz Sr. was predicted to win a congressional race in the poorest district in the country, where residents tend to elect socially conservative candidates. This year, that changed. https://t.co/HeO4DLlX4s
— NYT Metro (@NYTMetro) July 10, 2020
BREAKING NEWS: I cannot officially declare victory until the results are certified but I can announce that I have retired the politics of hate and fear in the Bronx. Happy Belated Pride! https://t.co/lvFCPioFu8
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) July 13, 2020