Quick! Everybody act surprised. It seems that human leather tannery and weapons grade asshole Jeff Klein is, on the eve of the election, and much like his patron Andrew Cuomo, is already backing off his deal to lead his Independent "Democratic" Conference back into the actual Democratic fold.
Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of a breakaway faction of Democrats, edged away from an agreement made with the mainline conference of Democrats earlier this year, saying in an interview on Monday that "a lot has changed."
In an interview on The Capitol Pressroom, Klein insisted he remained committed to electing more Democrats to the state Senate.
But at the same time, Klein acknowledged that it's likely no one will be sure who has a clear majority in the chamber after Election Day, signaling that his conference will once again be in a position to play kingmaker.
We were always headed to this point. Klein and his crew were always going to end up playing kingmakers, much like the "four amigos" tried, and almost succeeded, in doing in 2009.
Klein made this deal to snuff out Labor and progressive backed primary challenges to his fellow IDC members. Klein got what he wanted and knew that the chances that he'd ever have to deliver on his promises, much like a certain Democratic Governor of New York, were slim.
It was clear a couple of weeks ago when the IDC made a mysterious $100,000 donation to the League of Conservation Voters that seemed to be a way of laundering a 100 large to Buffalo Republican Mark Grisanti, that they were already on their way out of this deal. (And take a minute to wrap your head around this one. The IDC, who's member Tony Avella (IDC-Queens) is a fierce fracking opponent, were essentially laundering campaign cash to the Republican Chair of the Environmental Conservation Committee, where he regularly kills anti-fracking legislation written by people like Avella, through an organization that purports to exist to advocate for environmental conservation. New York! Excelsior!)
Empowering a snake like Jeff Klein was always a really, really bad idea. Now we're about to find out just how bad that idea was.
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