Shock and awe. That has to be what the reeling ex-Mjaority Leader Malcolm Smith is feeling right now. And it just keeps piling on..
From the latest news reports, Smith has lost it all, even if the Democrats somehow regain control of NY’s Senate chamber. The latest indictaes that even if the Democrats retake control, Smith will be ousted from any and all leadership positions. Even the efforts of The One’s political team are sacraficing Smith in a counter-coup bid. The problem with this is that if the Dems do regain control, then who will be elevated to the vaunted leadership positions?
That’s the question for the Democrats. If not Smith, then who? Carl Kruger and Tom Stachowski are two options, but the rumor mill, from many sources, seems to point to them flipping sides to join Espada and Monserratte. But I would venture that if Smith is sacraficed, then these two would “remain in the fold,” especially if they are offered the top two slots as President of the Senate and Majority Leader. However, given their generally more conservative leanings, I doubt they will be acceptable to the City-crats. Reuben Diaz sr could be the wild card in all this. He’s stated that he won’t switch sides, but will he support a counter-coup if Smith is involved? Diaz was one of the “gang of four” who threatened Smith to back the GOP back in January.
Then there’s our accidnetal governor, David Patterson. He’s losing ground at every turn. The latest polls show him to be the least popular governor in the nation. That’s pretty impressive given his predecessor’s antics, and the ancilliary hubub concerning former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. Patterson is being put to the test here, and is failing each and every time. Is it any wonder that AG Andrew Cuomo has not weighed in on this business? Not really, as the weaker Patterson is, the easier his time to get the gubenatorial nomination will be. Provided Patterson decides to run that is.
But it gets worse for the “reform agenda” Democrats. NYPIRG, the NY Public Interest Group, a noted left leaning organization, has come out in favor of the GOP’s coup. “We believe, on first cut (the new rules) are another step in the right direction,” said NYPIRG Legislative Director Blair Horner. Ouch. That one goes straight to the Democratic agenda.
Oh for sure some have come out vocally against this move, beyond the politicians that is. A few hundred gathered at the Capital to voice their displeasure. A survey of those involved, from watching the news coverage, shows the usual lunatic leftist, and a fine selection of various special interest groups who stand to have thier own agendas side lined by the loss of their political allies.
I fully expect this to end by Friday. I doubt any serious legal action will happen, more so as AG Cuomo seems to be trying very hard to stay out of teh fray. Going so far as to ignore Smith’s “extortion and influence peddling” charges against Espada and Monserratte. No matter what the DNC robocalls are encouraging those involved to report to Cuomo.
Ah, NY politics. Gotta love it.
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