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Malcolm Smith Ousted As Senate Majority Leader; Dems Turn Off Lights, Cut Internet Power In Attempt To Stop Coup
It was a carefully crafted coup -- five weeks in the making, with independent Tom Golisano in on the plotting.
And when it was over Republican Sen. Dean Skelos of Rockville Center was back in power as Senate Majority Leader. Dumped was former Democratic leader Malcolm Smith
The move came after Republican whip Tom Libous introduced a surprise resolution to vacate the chair and replace Smith as temporary president and majority leader. All 30 Republicans plus two Democrats, Monserrate and Espada, voted in favor of the resolution. In accordance with a prearranged deal, Espada was elected temporary president and acting lieutenant governor while Skelos was elected majority leader.
Originally posted by jjkenobi
Those two Dems who switched are about to be slandered and roasted in the press like no one since... well Palin. Spector was a hero for switching but you watch what happens to these two.
the new State Senate president, said in a radio interview on Tuesday morning that he personally wanted to bring same-sex marriage to a vote, news that will give some encouragement to gay activists who read defeat into Monday’s Republican Senate coup.
Mr. Espada also said he intended to fire the Senate’s highest-ranking Democratic staff member, Angelo Aponte, who as secretary of the Senate was the top aide to Malcolm A. Smith, the former majority leader. And Mr. Espada, a Bronx Democrat, would not commit to supporting Gov. David A. Paterson’s electoral bid next year.
The Senate is scheduled to meet at 3 pm Wednesday. As it stands now, Aponte isn’t going along with Espada’s and Skelos’ call to step down . Republican Senate spokesman Mark Hansen said “apparently he’s locked himself in his office"
Originally posted by sugarmonkey
That is funny!!
I thought as well when I first read this " Fine, I'm taking my ball and going home"
I'm not a Republican either, I'm more of a Libretarian...The temper tantrum made me laugh tho...I wish I had been a fly on those walls to see how it went down
There was no work done in the Senate Tuesday. Here's why:
Right now the doors to the Senate are locked
"We do not concede that Pedro Espada is the Senate president. We have offered to put aside the issues of whether the president of the Senate is Sen. [Malcolm] Smith or Sen. Espada," said Sen. Eric Schneiderman, D-Manhattan.
What happened next was equally incredible. With the Democrats in their seats, the Republicans marched in and tried to take the podium. They were rebuffed, so they held a session form the well of the chamber and passed dozens of bills by acclamation.
The three-week standoff that has paralyzed the state Senate continued this morning when Democrats again locked themselves inside the chambers