The ambitious assemblyman, whose plan to run for Bronx borough president in 2009 against Assemblyman Jose Rivera's son, Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera, is believed by some to be a factor in this year's leadership battle, was one of several rebels to successfully fight off a party-backed primary challenger earlier this month.
Diaz prounounced himself "elated" following the rebel election of Assemblyman Carl Heastie as party leader, along with a new executive board, and said he's looking forward to spending the rest of the election season working on behalf of Barack Obama.
When I pointed out the leadership battle is actually far from over and will likely be settled in court, Diaz said: "I feel very confident that the courts are going to rule in our favor."
Now there's something of a forced time-out due to the Jewish holiday. The battle will resume at the end of the week.
The slates elected by the two factions appear after the jump.