BREAKING: Republican Coup, Democrats Lose NY Senate
by DTOzone, Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 12:36:14 PM EDT
Marriage Equality is dead in New York
ALBANY - Senate Republicans have seized control of the chamber in a leadership coup in which they got two Democrats to join their caucus, a stunning move that could change the nature of electoral politics as well as the end of this year's legislative session.
Dean Skelos was elected majority leader after Senators Hiram Monserrate, D-Queens, and Pedro Espada, D-Bronx, voted with Republicans to change the leadership of the chamber.
The defections ended Malcolm Smith's six-month tenure as the leader of the senate.
Monserrate and Espada gave the Senate Republicans the 32 votes they need to switch leadership.
I had been warned about this about a month ago...that marriage equality may cause the majority to fall. The Governor and Malcolm Smith were willing to take the risk and they lost big. The budget also caused problems with the Senate. Monserrate and Espada for part of the Gang of Four who were coerced into staying with the Democrats in January by Tom Golisano, who in turn tried to keep progressive legislation out of the Senate.
Political considerations do matter. We'll easily beat Monserrate and Espada in 2010, but we need to add seats to the Democratic majority and hold the ones we have. Many Democratic Senators are now in peril because they are now in the minority.