From the Daily News:
Allies of Gov. Paterson and Rep. Charlie Rangel are plotting to oust a state senator who dared to speak out against the embattled duo.
The Democratic machine is actively shopping for a primary challenger to Sen. Bill Perkins, framing his independent stance as a biblical betrayal of Harlem's elder statesmen.
"It's on the level of Judas," one Harlem Democrat said. "He's for himself and not for the team. ... We would love to get him out of there because he's driving us crazy."
Three young party operatives - Rodney Capel, Larry Scott Blackmon and Basil Smikle - have been floated as possible candidates for the seat in central Harlem.
Perkins has always been a bit of a lone wolf, breaking with the Democratic establishment in 2008 to back Barack Obama for President over hometown favorite Hillary Clinton.
Black leaders were stunned in February when Perkins broke ranks and said Paterson shouldn't seek reelection after a report that he interfered in his top aide's domestic violence case.
Perkins' words were a particular betrayal because he holds Paterson's old Senate seat.
"We were under attack," a Harlem Democrat said. "When the media's after a black leader, we sort of close ranks. ..It's an unwritten rule."
God forbid a politician should speak independently and not follow the unwritten rules. Doesn't sound like this guy's disloyal, just that he has half a brain.
Hey, Chuck: Have fun this September.