New York’s elected officials took the stage at the Democratic National Convention tonight to offer up their support of hometown candidate Hillary Clinton—including the state senator who will become the nation’s first Dominican-American congressman this November.
Adriano Espaillat, who won a Democratic primary for the seat being vacated by Congressman Charles Rangel, scored a speaking slot ahead of primetime, standing alongside a slew of New York lawmakers who sought to have Clinton’s back as the crowd roiled with unhappy Sanders delegates, who have been booing her name all afternoon.
“I will become the first Dominican-American to ever serve in the U.S. Congress,” Espaillat introduced himself to applause. “Perhaps even just as important, I will be the first member of Congress who was once undocumented as an immigrant. You take that Donald Trump!”