“It’s endorsement time. My Candidate Robert Astonio 4 more years, he does deliver!!!”
Mount Vernon– Bishop Collie Nathan Edwars, Pastor of Friendship Worship Center (261 E Lincoln Ave, Mt Vernon) announced his endorsement of County Executive Robert Astorino for re-election, Friday.
“My endorsement is based upon a man who for the last seven and a half years who delivers,” Bishop Edwers says at the presser
In September 2015, after Councilman Richard Thomas won the primary, Edwers who told Black Westchester, “The clergy of Mount Vernon stands with the integrity of the process of the Democratic Party. All Democrats that participated in the election, we’re calling for them to stand with the nominees. Any movement to undermine our candidates will not be viewed favorably in the ecumenical community.”
Yet, Bishop Edwers a diehard Democrat endorsed the Republican County Executive over the Democratic Nominee, George Latimer, Friday and the Democratic nominee, Noam Bramson in 2013. As president of the United Black Clergy of Westchester, Bishop Edwers led a coalition of prominent African-American ministers and endorsed Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino for re-election in 2013.
In 2014, Edwers also came to the defense of County Executive Rob Astorino amid racism accusations in connection with affordable housing and HUD.
In the County of Westchester where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1, not only had Rob Astorino won back to back election but the top seat in the county has only been held by Dems twice since the 1930’s. This is only possible with the endorsements of prominent Black Pastors like Bishop Edwers crossing party lines and endorsing the Republican candidate. Further proof of the Democratic Party suffering from an identity crisis on both the national and local levels.