UPSTATE REPORT — AS OF MID-WEEK LAST WEEK, STATE SENATOR MARTIN GOLDEN WAS PART OF TIGHT SHELL THAT STOOD STRONG AROUND “MEAN DEAN” SKELOS — AT THE TIME, WHY DIDN’T WE GET THAT NEWS BACK IN BROOKLYN ?
MARTY IS NOISY UP IN ALBANY AND TIGHT-LIPPED BACK HOME — WAS IT MARTY’S PRE-KNAPP “BLUE WALL” UPBRINGING ? — OR IS IT A SPECIAL GOP STATE SENATE LEADERSHIP “FIGHT CLUB” KINDA DEAL ?
Despite some more recent noise in Newsday that the GOP State Senate Conference is almost unanimous in wanting Majority Leader Deal Skelos to step down from that post ( See “Sources: GOP 'nearly unanimous' that Dean Skelos must resign as Senate Majority leader” by Michael Ghormley & Yancey Roy, 5/8/15, Newsday [http://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/sources-gop-nearly-unanimous-that-skelos-must-step-aside-as-senate-leader-1.10412404]) — that doesn’t quite tell how things went and/or are now going down inside the GOP State Senate Conference.
According to a well regarded upstate news source, “The Auburn Citizen,” which was forwarded to me from one of my most loyal BSIs, “... [d]espite growing calls for him to step down, some Republicans continue to support embattled New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.... In a statement late Wednesday night, 16 senators — 15 Republicans and one Democrat who caucuses with the GOP — reaffirmed their support for Skelos, who was arrested Monday on federal corruption charges....” (See “16 senators, including [ Marty Golden and Simcha Felder*] reiterate support for NY Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos” by Robert Harding, 5/8/15, The Auburn Citizen/ auburnpub.com
[http://auburnpub.com/blogs/eye_on_ny/senators-including-nozzolio-and-seward-reiterate-support-for-ny-senate/article_e83f960a-f466-11e4-9531-3b0f743df3c5.html] [* Please note: The names of “Marty Golden” and “Simcha Felder” were substituted for the names “Nozzolio and Seward” in order to give this comment more of a Brooklyn flavor....]). Here was the statement subscribed by these sixteen benighted souls:: "We strongly believe that Senator Dean Skelos should remain on as majority leader of the New York State Senate," the senators said. "He has the leadership we need to move the Senate forward so that we can continue to do the people's work and finish out this year's session in a productive manner."
EVEN ON WEDNESDAY THE NUMBERS WERE BAD FOR “MEAN DEAN” — OBVIOUSLY, THEY MUST BE WORSE NOWHere is the list of NYS Senators who issued the joint statement in support of Skelos: Phil Boyle; Tom Croci; Hugh Farley; Simcha Felder ( a Democrat who caucuses with the Republicans); John Flanagan; Martin Golden; Kemp Hannon; Bill Larkin; Kenneth LaValle; . Tom Libous; Carl Marcellino; Jack Martins; Michael Nozzolio; Jim Seward; Michael Venditto; and Cathy Young. For those who are mathematically challenged, that is [was on Wednesday] a bare majority of the GOP State Senate Conference.
Here is the list of Republican State Senators who didn't add their names to the statement: George Amedore; . John Bonacic; John DeFrancisco; Rich Funke; Patrick Gallivan; Joe Griffo; Andrew Lanza; Betty Little; Terrence Murphy; Tom O'Mara; Robert Ortt; Michael Ranzenhofer; Patty Ritchie; Joe Robach; and Sue Serino.
According to Newsday [cited above], “In the closed-door meeting set for Monday, Skelos could offer his resignation and a new majority leader could be chosen before the full Senate reconvenes in the chamber. That would avoid another nasty floor fight with Democrats and a potential rare public split among Senate Republicans.... ‘Keeping this as a force together, that is the most important thing going forward,’ one Republican said.” — That fool couldn’t possibly have been serious, could they ?
For another take on all this, late on Friday, Rick Karlin of the Albany Times-Union wrote this: “With the future of embattled Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos still unresolved, Democrats plan to try again to oust him during a floor vote on Monday. *** Reports emerged on Friday suggesting Skelos might resign his seat and leave the Senate. *** Were that to happen, the chamber could inch toward a deadlock between Democrats and Republicans.... If Skelos exits, it will set up what has become an upstate-downstate competition for the job of Republican majority leader....” (See “Skelos-Senate leadership drama continues – Possibility of Skelos resignation sets off upstate-downstate leadership bid” by Rick Karlin, Albany Times-Union/ timesunion.com [http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Skelos-Senate-leadership-drama-continues-6252585.php]).
Karlin also noted the following: “Mainstream Democrats appear united in efforts to force Skelos from his leadership post. *** Democratic Sen. Daniel Squadron tried to force a vote on Skelos earlier this week but failed to submit his request 24 hours ahead of time, as required. *** On Friday, Squadron put in a request for a vote on the Senate floor....”
WHERE DOES MARTY GOLDEN STAND ON HIS INDICTED LEADER DEAN SKELOS’ HOLDING ONTO HIS LEADERSHIP PAST MONDAY ? — NOW, OVER THE WEEKENDWhose interests and sensibilities are prime in Marty Golden’s mind at this time ?
Some say it’s all the result of a “hang together or else hang separately” mentality that SSMG developed as a young vice cop, sort of a “Blue Wall” thing. Some say it’s a completely different sort of “Fight Club” mentality that some “insider” GOP State Senators in the Skelos leadership team seem to display.
Maybe, it's something completely different, sort of like a Monty Python skit....