What Malcolm Smith Should Have Said
by Geoff Kelly - posted 1:10 pm, December 10, 2008
What can only be a fake press release from incoming State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith just arrived in my inbox:
Malcolm A. Smith
New York State Senate Democratic Leader
For Immediate Release: December 10, 2008
Contact: Hank Sheinkopf | Senate Democratic Transition Team Spokesperson | (646) 294-6571
Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith
“Today I am announcing that the Democratic Members of the Senate have elected to cease negotiations on reorganization matters with all three Senators as discussed both in private and in the press. We are suspending negotiations, effective immediately, because to do so otherwise would reduce our moral standing and the long-term Senate Democratic commitment to reform and to change. We believe that ultimately, we must do what is right for the people of the State of New York. Furthermore, real reform cannot and should not ever include limiting the civil rights of any New Yorkers. Those issues must be part of the legislative process.
The members of this Conference have come a long way to consider the demands placed on the table. But frankly, we would rather wait two more years to take charge of the Senate than to simply serve the interests of the few. New York State cannot afford the type of self-serving politics being proposed and I will not be the leader to sacrifice what is right for New York for a quick political solution.”
UPDATE: Um, apparently this is for real. The state senate’s reorg deal has fallen apart. Curious to see what this means for local legislators.
What is it they say about Democrats always finding a way to beat themselves?