Rallying Behind Carlucci (Updated)
Village of Suffern Mayor Dagan LaCorte sent an email last night to local Democratic leaders and elected officials announcing his early endorsement of freshman Sen. David Carlucci and denouncing reports that his re-election is opposed by some fellow party members due to his defection to the IDC – a move that could spark a primary challenge.
“The 2012 campaign is beginning in earnest and it’s important that we get out early behind our senator, David Carlucci,” wrote LaCorte, who said he was “disturbed” by reports of an anti-Carlucci push-poll received by Democrats in Rockland and Orange counties back in December.
“There is no doubt about David’s fundamental commitment to progressive values and it has shown in his work as a Senator,” LaCorte continued. “His decision to join the Independent Democratic Conference was a reflection of those values – transparency in government and high ethical standards.”
“As an IDC member, David has been an effective champion for us, working with Governor Cuomo to reform state government, expand civil rights and invest in public education and environmental protection. And, yes, he has worked with elected leaders on both sides of the aisle when it was in the best interest of our community. On a personal note, David has always been accessible to the citizens of the Village of Suffern. It has been an honor and privilege to work with him.”
It’s important to send a clear message to the Conservatives and Republicans, the public and, sadly, some Democrats in Albany, that Rockland Democrats are united behind David Carlucci. I’m endorsing David’s re-election TODAY; if you want to join me please respond to this e-mail or call me at 845-XXX-XXXX. Together, we can return a strong, independent Democrat to the State Senate to work with Governor Cuomo to keep the promise of New York for families and our community.”
That anonymous push-poll had questioned Carlucci’s progressive crendentials and slammed him for abandoning “the most influential African-American leader the State Senate has ever seen” (presumably that’s Minority Leader John Sampson?)
The call also suggested Clarkstown Councilwoman and Democratic National Committee member Stephanie Hausne was planning to primary Carlucci. That threat seems to have disappeared. But more recently, there has been speculation that Town of Ramapo Councilman Patrick Withers might challenge the former Clarkstown clerk.
The reader who forwarded me LaCorte’s email noted an element of political intrigue here. The Rockland County Democratic Party is chaired by Kristen Stavisky, whose husband, consultant Evan Stavisky is closely allied with the Senate Democrats. (Not only does his firm, The Parkside Group, do a lot of work for the DSCC, but his mother is Queens Democratic Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky).
” Some locals thinks she’s in cahoots with the Senate Dems to screw David even though locals love him,” the reader wrote. “So the local elected Dems want to be sure that everyone understands a primary is not viable. I do not think that Kristen Stavisky is trying to take David out but the rumor mill is full tilt, which she should shut down because it’s bad for her.”
Actually, this whole scheme doesn’t make any sense because the Senate Dems are walking a fine line with the IDC. If the outcome of the re-match for control of the chamber this fall is very close, the four independent Democrats could be in a position to be kingmakers. Both the Republicans, who have gone out of their way to help the IDC, and the Democratic conference are hopeful the IDC will either remain independent but open to supporting a GOP leader or return to the fold, respectively.
UPDATE: Another twist…I’m reminded that Parkside ran – “soup to nuts” – Carlucci’s campaign (in his pre-defection days). Now-Sen. Mike Gianaris, who ran virtually uncontested in 2010, was heavily involved in that race, too. So Carlucci’s decision to abandon the Democrats had an extra sting to it for the DSCC chairman. Carlucci’s victory was one of just two Republican-to-Democrat wins in a big GOP year. The other was Sen. Tony Avella’s defeat of Ex-Sen. Fank Padavan, and Parkside ran that one, too.
Also, the Republicans are supposedly interested in challenging Carlucci and the other IDCers. But again, given the IDC’s potential kingmaker role after the November elections makes it difficult for me to believe a well-funded opponent will be supported by the GOP powers that be.
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