Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) was caught on a hot mic at a George Floyd rally in New York Tuesday as he tried to persuade Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to allow him to address the crowd.
Apparently explaining why there was no time for Engel to speak, Diaz said, "Then I've got to go down the list, and there's just too many folks here."
- Engels replied, "If I didn't have a primary, I wouldn't care."
- "Say that again?" Diaz said.
- "If I didn't have a primary, I wouldn't care," Engels repeated.
- "Don't do that to me," Diaz replied.
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Engel later tried to explain his comments to an NY1 reporter, saying:
"In the context of running for reelection, I thought it was important for people to know where I stand, that's why I asked to speak."
🔦 Engel has represented his current Bronx and Westchester district since 2013 and has represented New York in Congress since 1989.
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