Diana Richardson and Jesse Hamilton take it outside

Assemblywoman Diana Richardson attacks state Sen. Jesse Hamilton in an 18-minute Facebook Live video.
Assemblywoman Diana Richardson attacks state Sen. Jesse Hamilton in an 18-minute Facebook Live video.
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Assemblywoman Diana Richardson attacks state Sen. Jesse Hamilton in an 18-minute Facebook Live video.

Diana Richardson and Jesse Hamilton take it outside

The Central Brooklyn Democrats have a very public falling out.
July 11, 2018

To Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, state Sen. Jesse Hamilton is a “not that bright” “Republican” who pays “blood money.” To Hamilton, Richardson is “controlled by the white-led Working Families Party” and is “selling out the black community for crumbs.”

The war of words between the two Central Brooklyn Democrats began Friday when Richardson praised Hamilton’s primary challenger, Zellnor Myrie, on Instagram (she insists it was not yet an endorsement). That night, an account called Woke Brooklyn sent an email accusing Richardson of “selling out” by not getting the Black History Education bill passed in the Assembly. Hamilton and Richardson both sponsored the bill, and appeared together backing it as recently as February.

Richardson claimed Hamilton was behind the Woke Brooklyn email, and on Sunday she posted a nearly 18-minute Facebook Live video attacking Hamilton, a former member of the Independent Democratic Conference, for its alliance with state Senate Republicans.

“It’s very important that everyone is well-aware of the dirty politics and just how disingenuous Jesse Hamilton is as a person overall,” Richardson told City & State.

Hamilton couldn’t immediately be reached.

Richardson had been mentioned as a possible challenger to Hamilton, who earned many enemies on the political left when he joined the IDC, but chose to run for re-election instead.

Jeff Coltin
is a staff reporter at City & State. He covers New York City Hall.
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