Monday, January 03, 2011


There's an interesting Capital Tonight report on the leadership structure within the Democratic Minority of the State Senate. It seems Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) has grown tired of the leadership direction and has taken himself out of the Deputy Leader position.

The report illuminated Klein's "distaste" for what went on during their term in Majority, but decided not to bolt the party.

Klein told the Daily News: “I’m a Democrat and I still adhere to Democratic values, I just don’t want to be judged by the actions of others and I can no longer make excuses to my constituents for the behavior of this conference."
Klein had things to say about the current Minority leader John Sampson whom he served under during the very same period he's complaining about. The focus was mainly on the slim chance of gaining majority again unless they shake up their leadership and campaign strategy. This would be good news for the Republicans if they didn't have their own problems heading into 2011.

This story isn't limited to just our State Senate. You can read about this in almost every state capital across the nation. Sometimes in County Legislatures and City Councils. The unrest among the representatives and their inside hierarchy deals can push those who question the vision to consider alternatives.

CapTonight speculated; Sampson isn’t expected to have any difficulty retaining his position. He needs just 16 of the 30 members to vote “yes.” 

Liz Krueger is being mentioned as a potential replacement for Klein. That wouldn't be such a bad thing.


Anonymous said...

Klein said: "I can no longer stand by and support Sen. Sampson as conference leader."
Thats a little strong if he thinks he wont suffer somehow. The Republicans don't need him to take control of anything so he's gonna end up wishing he kept his mouth shut. Couldn't he make up something?

Anonymous said...

Isn't "leadership" and the Democrats in the New York State Senate a contradiction in terms? Those clowns can't walk and chew gum at the same time.