Poor, poor, Malcolm Smith. He’s had the power in the Senate for less than six months, and now it appears he has already lost it.
Local news reports are indicating that two “rebel” Democrats have opted to side with the GOP to take the leadership positions away from Smith and his control. Pedro Espada and Hirum Monserratte have apparently, and publicly, decided to caucus with the GOP to form a new power bloc. While both Espada and Monserratte have declared that they are not switching parties, you can bet your last dollar that Smith, and the NY Democratic party will visit a world of political hurt on those two come election time.
So now we have Malcolm Smith (D) and Dean Skelos (R) both claiming to be Senate Majority Leader. We also have the supposed election of Espada to be President of the Senate. Now the wrangling begins, not only in the eyes of the public, through the media, but through the courts. Guranteed it will happen. Smith is claiming to anyone who will listen, that this “palace coup” was illegal, and took place while the Senate was out of session. However, there appears to be questions as to if the session was actually gaveled closed, or if Smith just thought so when he left the chambers, or was merely informed that was the case. Details I’m sure will continue to emerge as this bit of political theater goes on.
David Patterson, our esteemed governor, has also weighed in on the matter. However, he failed to really make any sort of impact. We all know he’s close friends and allies with Malcolm Smith, and thus has a vested interest in seeing Smith remain on top in the Senate. If anything, he has only added to the rudderless confusion surrounding the state of affairs in the NYS Legislature. Can’t wait to see what Prince Silver has to say when he chimes in, probably today.
I’d like to thank all those NY’ers who voted these prats into office. You get what you pay for folks, enjoy it!