CITY COUNCILWOMAN Maria Quinones-Sanchez, who yesterday backed a slate of five candidates under her "LEAD Team" banner, wants to build a political empire outside the Democratic Party machine.
But Rome wasn't built in a day - and yesterday was not Sanchez's day.
The only victory for Sanchez's candidates yesterday was Jason Dawkins' upset against state Rep. James Clay Jr. But yesterday afternoon, Sanchez seemed prepared for that reality.
"All I need to do is win one," she said before polls closed. "If you win one, you're in the game."
Her husband, Tomas Sanchez, lost his bid to unseat state Sen. Tina Tartaglione, finishing third in the three-way race. Former Councilman Danny Savage was the runner-up.