State Dem Co-Chair Adopts ‘Wait-And-See’ Attitude On Skleinos Alliance
The Senate Democrats and their allies have been verbally foaming at the mouth for weeks now – really, ever since Senator-elect Simcha Felder’s defection – about how caucusing with the other side is tantamount to political treason and a fleecing of voters who expected one thing when they cast their ballots on Nov. 6, but ending up with another.
Brooklyn Democratic Chairman Frank Seddio even went so far as to say (through a spokesman) that he was looking into whether Felder could be legally ejected from the party as a result of his “disgraceful” decision to join forces with the GOP, even though – as was made quite clear in today’s New York Times – Felder’s own constituents aren’t at all upset with, or even surprised by, the move.
There haven’t been any updates recently on Seddio’s legal fishing expedition, which was quite noticeably NOT supported by the state Democratic Party – even though its leaders had led the charge to oust scandal-scarred Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. back in 2010.
(The Bronx Democrats eventually declined to take legal steps to bounce Espada from the party, saying the voters would make a choice in the upcoming elections, which they did, picking now-Sen. Gustavo Rivera over Espada in the September primary).
The state Democratic Party – now, led by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s hand-picked co-chairs, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Assemblyman Keith Wright – have kept a pretty low profile throughout the Senate leadership battle, perhaps taking their cues from the governor himself, who has declined to get involved in the fight – much to the chagrin of many on the left.
Cuomo so far hasn’t said anything about the IDC-GOP coalition news today. He had already held a Q-and-A session in Buffalo with local reporters when the announcement was made. (Funny how that works, isn’t it?)
I did manage to reach Wright on his cell phone this afternoon, and his first reaction to the Senate news was:
“Hopefully, they’ll be able to pass some good stuff, like minimum wage…I want to see that very badly. That’s my bill; I wrote it. Jeff Klein has got it in the Senate. If you’re going to have some power, you’ve got to use the power.”
That’s it? A policy discussion? No denunciations and pledges of retaliation and punishment? When urged to take off his “assemblyman” hat and don his more partisan chapeau, Wright replied:
“I don’t usually mess with the other house…Convention wisdom should dictate that if you run as a Democrat, you act as a Democrat and you sit with Democrats. But, you know, we become Democrats for a lot of reasons. Number one: We’re not reactionary, Tea Party folks. We represent people and not interests.”
“Nothing surprises me when it comes to the state Senate. I’ve lived with these folks for 20 years, and that’s why I take a wait-and-see attitude.”
“…Right now, at his very moment, I’d like to see a functioning Legislature. Yes, I would. We’ll worry about recriminations and punishments later. Now is not the time. Because, you know, what kind of punishment? You can sell wolf tickets all you want, but it’s substance over form. We’ll see what these guys are up to.”
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