The New York State Democratic Committee made clear Monday that it does, indeed, support a Democratic takeover of the state Senate.
In most other states, that type of news probably doesn’t cause anyone to bat an eyelash. But in New York — where the state Senate is controlled by a coalition of Republicans and breakaway Democrats — it caused some to give it a second look.
The state Democrats’ statement came in response to an op-ed in today’s Times Union written by state GOP Chairman Ed Cox, where he took issue with the state’s new budget and wrote that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration “has done nothing to slow the decline of the Empire State and is giving no indication that he’s going to change course.”
Here’s the relevant portion of state Democratic Committee Executive Director Rodney Capel’s statement.
“The State budget was passed overwhelmingly by Republicans. Indeed, all of Ed Cox’s critiques are refuted by the very Republicans whom he claims to lead. We agree that there are aspects of state policy that need changes and they will be made next year when the Democrats take over the State Senate. In the meantime, Ed Cox is a party of one.”
Why is it relevant? The party is essentially led by Cuomo, who did not back a full Democratic takeover of the Senate during the 2012 election cycle and did not protest as the Independent Democratic Conference chose to side with Republicans this year. Cuomo appointed the co-chairs of the party: Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Assemblyman Keith Wright.