New York City Council Speaker Frontrunner Refused to Say Pledge of Allegiance

De Blasio is lobbying council members through the Working Families Party

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Between Bill de Blasio and Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City seems headed for a term under radical left-wing extremists who hate this country.

A top contender for New York City Council speaker declined to say the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of meetings until she began getting serious about her candidacy this fall, according to a colleague.

Melissa Mark-Viverito stood but stayed silent during the Pledge because of her opposition to U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Queens Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz said.

“When I met with her months ago, I asked her why she didn’t pledge to the flag,” Koslowitz said. “She told me she wanted Puerto Rico to be independent.”

So shouldn't Melissa Mark-Viverito be running for office in Puerto Rico? She can't have it both ways. If she wants Puerto Rico to be independent, she should move back there and campaign for it. But instead she's holding down political office in a country she rejects.

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, a leader of the ascendant progressive wing, missed that basic section of the instruction manual. It turns out that during her eight years representing parts of East Harlem and the Bronx, she stood in silence when Council members recited the Pledge at the start of each session.

Now vying to succeed Christine Quinn as speaker, Mark-Viverito has given varying explanations for why a woman who was raised in a wealthy family in Puerto Rico, and who reports a personal net worth of between $1 million and $2 million, appeared to have such a chip on her shoulder about the good old U.S.A.

She first said that having grown up in Puerto Rico, she was unfamiliar with the rite. Hmm. She also graduated from Columbia University, got a master’s in public administration at Baruch and must have wondered, “What on Earth are these people chanting about?” when her Council colleagues performed the ritual.

“When I met with her months ago, I asked her why she didn’t pledge to the flag, she told me she wanted Puerto Rico to be independent,” Queens Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz told the Daily News.

Bill de Blasio is an ally of hers and is pushing her for the job. Naturally. She's also backed by SEIU.

Bill de Blasio is aggressively pushing East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito as the council’s next speaker, two Democratic insiders revealed.

“Through back channels, his staff meets with council members,” one operative said. “They just lay out the situation: He’d like her to be the speaker. He thinks she’d be best.”

De Blasio is lobbying council members through Working Families Party surrogates, another insider told The Post.

WFP is ACORN. And Melissa Mark-Viverito has some ugly regional links.

Liberal East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, a contender for City Council Speaker, is pals with Bolivia’s socialist, anti-American president, The Post has learned.

The pol even traveled to support Evo Morales — whose buddies include Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez and former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — during an ultimately unsuccessful recall election in 2008.

That same year, Mark-Viverito, Comptroller John Liu and Councilman Robert Jackson praised Morales after he spoke at the American Indian Community House in Lower Manhattan.

During the speech, Morales denounced an American “conspiracy” to interfere with his socialists agenda, because the US had sought to reduce cocoa farming because it can be processed into cocaine.

The Bolivian trip didn’t break Mark-Viverito’s bank. The city’s powerful healthcare workers’ union, where Mark-Viverito worked before her 2005 election to the Council, shelled out up to $5,000 for her airfare and hotel, records show.

Last week, the union — which also backed Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio — threw her a party in Puerto Rico to kickstart her campaign for speaker.

That union would be SEIU.

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