Gustavo Rivera may have trounced soon-to-be FORMER State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. by a margin of 62%-32%, but don't think for a second this resounding loss means the end of the Espada dynasty. Like his fellow coup-mate Hiram Monserrate, Espada is vowing to come back with a vengeance. But unlike Monserrate, whose comeback attempt ended last night with another humiliating loss, Espada has the power of LOVE on his side. The Observer reports that during his concession speech last night at a Bronx nightclub, Espada told supporters:

When everybody lines up against you—I learned this a long time ago—when everything and everybody lines up against you, most people, the great majority of people, run and hide. And what we did, what we said was "you might win this round because you have compiled all of this venom and hatred but we will in the long run win because we deal with positive energy, we deal with love. "

As I go to sleep and wake up tomorrow, I am reinvigorated and I am ready for the next fight. So New York Post, The Daily News, Fox Network—all of you: You wish that would disappear, but I'm telling you I'm here to stay." I know we have some doubters here. We took the community of faith as a partner. We haven't lost faith. I've lost—listen to me—I've lost political contests before. The difference between this fighter and other people is that they quit. Understand that I'm not quitting anything.

Earlier, Espada responded to Rivera's allegations that Espada's team violated a number of election laws during yesterday's primary, and used intimidation to keep Rivera voters away from the polls. Espada's statement is such classic Espada you almost hate to see him go: "In a sign of twisted irony, Gustavo's campaign is showing dangerous signs of intolerance by following the Senator in a manner and style that mimics the ubiquitous surveillance of the old Soviet dictatorship. This is America! All campaigning must be free of questionable surveillance, harassment and intimidation!"

After wrapping up his defiant concession speech, the Observer reports that Espada stepped off the stage into a mob of reporters. "Visibly deflated and glistening with sweat in the light of NY1's cameras, Espada was clearly a man who had been denied his prize." But without the constant whirlwind of Albany politics to distract him, at least he'll now finally be able to concentrate on his legal defense.