The conviction of disgraced former state Sen. Pedro Espada reminded me of the closing scene of “White Heat” — when James Cagney, standing atop a fiery tower, shouts, “Made it, Ma! Top of the world!”
In a warped sense, Espada had made it to the top, if only to set the state Senate afire. Few who knew him could applaud his pyrotechnic high-wire act.
Throughout his public career, Pedro Espada has been a charismatic, attention-grabbing narcissist. As the self-styled people’s champion in the largely minority borough of The Bronx, he once posed in red boxing gloves in one campaign. In another, he rode a white horse as though he were El Cid.