Antonio Delgado has only been lieutenant governor for less than a month. But in rapid succession, he's picked up endorsements in his election bid ahead of this month's Democratic primary.
The former congressman from the Hudson Valley is attempting what would be an unusual feat in New York politics: Launching — and winning — a statewide campaign in a matter of weeks, running against two candidates who have been on the hustings for the balance of the year.
Delgado's campaign has picked up the backing of figures like state Sen. Jamaal Bailey, the Bronx Democratic chairman, as well Borough President Vanessa Gibson as well as multiple elected officials in the Bronx.
“I am so proud to endorse my friend Antonio Delgado for the great state of New York. Antonio Delgado is someone we can trust who will lead us with compassion, trust, consistency and dedication,” Gibson said. “He has been a champion for working families here in the state and we can expect him to address the issues that our Bronx families care about the most.”
Last week, he was endorsed by the New York City Building and Construction Trades Council, a politically active labor organization.
Delgado last month replaced former Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin, Gov. Kathy Hochul's initial pick to replace her when she was elevated to the governor's office last year. Benjamin is facing fraud and bribery charges and state lawmakers approved a measure that enabled the governor to replace Benjamin on the statewide ticket.
Candidates for lieutenant governor and governor run separately in party primaries. The winners are joined on a formal ticket in the fall general election.
Delgado faces the preferred running mates of New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, activist Ana Maria Archila, as well as former Councilwoman Diana Reyna, who is running with U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi.
Archila, meanwhile, has been picking up endorsements from elected officeholders herself. She was endorsed on Thursday by Assemblyman Phil Ramos.
“I’m proud to endorse Ana Maria Archila, who exemplifies the fight our communities have led for years to demand respect and dignity for all,” Ramos said. “She comes to this campaign not with the promises of a politician, but with a powerful record of standing up for the voiceless, defending their rights, and delivering real progress.”