Thursday, June 11, 2009
Clown conference commences in Albany
The State Senate started a session today at 11am, but Hiram walked out.
The Observer's Steve Kornacki wonders Since When Have the Senate Dems Had a Problem With Thuggery?
Monserrate’s glassing incident was widely reported when it happened, nearly six months ago. But instead of condemning him as a “thug” back then, Smith and his allies were anxiously trying to cut a deal with Monserrate, along with three other Democrats (Espada, Carl Kruger, and Ruben Diaz Sr.) who initially refused to side with their party to organize the Senate.
Monserrate did end up coming aboard, and in January Smith handed him the chairmanship of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee—even as domestic-violence groups protested vehemently. And after that, Smith volunteered to headline a lucrative Albany fund-raiser for Monserrate. Then, only after Monserrate was formally indicted and the public outcry became too much for him, Smith finally agreed to remove him from his committee chairmanship “temporarily.”
Monserrate’s thuggishness been obvious since December, but until this week, he was the Democrats’ thug—an absolutely crucial component of their 32-30 Senate majority. So, due-diligence admonishments notwithstanding, Smith and his colleagues were far more interested in keeping him in the fold than in drawing further attention to his reported misdeeds. But now? Well, suddenly his December behavior is outrageous and worthy of loud and uncompromising condemnation.