And then there were three.
And Felix Roque.
Those three men want to be mayor of West New York.
Two of them – Sires and Roque – have already occupied the local throne.
The three-way May “nonpartisan” race belies the primacy of the Hudson County Democratic Organization’s (HCDO) presence on behalf of Sires.
Allies of former Congressman Sires also point to the big leg up he will have with state Senator Brian P. Stack on his side.
But Roque beat the machine before, albeit in the form of Sires’ successor, Sal Vega.
“I’m definitely in,” said Roque, who launched his candidacy at Las Palmas last week.
“I feel positive and I feel motivated,” added the medical doctor.
“The reality is that the town is in chaos, and Albio Sires’ godson is the mayor. Albio too has been copying my ideas; for example, his thoughts about a new library.”
Roque also questions why Sires would want to go from congress back to being a local mayor.
“I was a colonel in the military, and a colonel or a general never goes back to being an enlisted man,” Roque said.
He insisted he doesn’t want to be negative.
He likes Sires.
They’re fellow Cuban Americans made good in West New York.
“He’s a fellow human being, and I wish him the best,” Roque insisted.
“He can teach me to play golf; I don’t know how to play golf,” he added devilishly.