The Rev. Al Sharpton canceled a meeting Saturday of Senate Democratic leaders, saying the meeting was being turned into a “media circus” and the focus of leaders is on storm recovery.
The Daily News reported today that Sharpton planned to get the Democrats together as they appear poised to win back the Senate majority. Sharpton says the meeting was being misconstrued.
“Due to the fact that my calling for an important meeting of leaders to discuss the future of the New York State Senate has become a media circus, coupled with the responsibilities of many leaders in dealing with the challenges to their constituents posed by Hurricane Sandy and this week’s Nor’easter, I will be rescheduling Saturday’s meeting to a future date,” he said in a statement.
“When we have this meeting we will discuss the importance of the State Senate leadership reflecting the will of New York voters, which means if there are a majority of Democratic Senators, that leadership should be Democratic. I understand the importance of this discussion because I was very much involved in ensuring the will of New York voters was respected a few years back, when I counseled then Senator Hiram Monserrate to remain with the Democratic majority.
“My message at that meeting, and in private discussions leading up to the meeting, will be to honor the vote of New Yorkers, and if that vote places Democrats in the majority, Democrats should have the leadership. Who those leaders should be is best left to those Democratic Senators.”