Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New York Senate Coup

I am somewhat intrigued (as a political science person) and disturbed (as a democrat) by the story coming out of New York:
What happened Monday night in Albany, a coup in the state Senate five weeks in the making, made for a unique kind of drama, pitting Senate Democrats against Republicans.

Out of power? Former Democratic State Senate President and Majority Leader Malcolm Smith.

"Let's just be real clear, the Senate Democrats are still in the majority," said Smith. "Malcolm Smith is still the majority leader."

Democrats intend to fight the powergrab in court, arguing, among other points, the Senate was adjourned when Republicans seized power."

Gov. Patterson said the following:

"I should be standing here talking to you about the issues that the people need Albany to address. Once again Albany's dysfunction has raised its ugly head," Paterson said. "I came here today to stand up for everyone in this state who still believes in a democracy -- that there are perimeters in which we govern, that Albany can be more than the dysfunctional wreck it has become over the years. And I don't care if the only one standing, but someone has got to stand up and say that this is wrong.

Both sides will be taking this to court. If the session had been closed, then it seems that it will not matter. Once the session is over, official business is over.

Interestingly enough, both of these new found "Republicans" have criminal indictments against them:

Earlier this year, Republicans were calling for Monserrate's resignation following his criminal indictment for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

And the State Attorney General's office is currently investigating a non-profit organization formerly run by Espada, who as CBS 2 HD reported exclusively in April, lives in Mamaroneck, despite representing the Bronx.