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Espada Double-Crosses GOP, Returns to Democrats (NY)
NY Post ^ | 7/9/2009 | By FREDRIC U. DICKER and BRENDAN SCOTT

Posted on 07/09/2009 10:50:24 AM PDT by GreaterSwiss

SEN. ESPADA RETURNING TO DEMOCRATS POWER IN ALBANY FLIPS AGAIN

ALBANY - Bronx state Sen. Pedro Espada, whose defection to the Republican camp helped trigger the current Senate crisis, will return to the Democratic fold and end the month-long Senate stalemate, The Post has learned.

Espada, whose defection to the Republicans was the main reason for Gov. Paterson's controversial action yesterday "naming" Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor, revealed his startling plans to The Post.

The defection would bring a quick end to the Senate's current 31-31 vote stalemate, in which Espada has repeatedly joined with the 30 Republican members in opposition to the Democrats.

"I'm going to tell (Republican leader Sen.) Dean Skelos that I have a handshake agreement with (Democratic leader Sen.) John Sampson to become the majority leader,'' Espada revealed.

Espada, who had been designated as the Senate president by a bare majority vote during the June 8 "coup'' in which he and Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) joined 30 Democrats to oust Democratic Majority Leader and Senate President Malcolm Smith of Queens, said that Smith would retain his "president'' title under the arrangement until the end of the year.

Smith would then be replaced by Democratic Sen. John Sampson of Brooklyn, who ousted Smith as the top Democratic leader in the wake of the "coup.''

Espada said, "Unfortunately, Dean rejected an opportunity to reach a compromise under which Republicans would have had equal access to all the resources of the Senate.''

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: albany; espada; nygop; pedroespada; senate

1 posted on 07/09/2009 10:50:24 AM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: GreaterSwiss
If you can't trust a girlfriend-beating, on-the-take, turncoat Democratic politician, who can you trust?

Maybe Andrew "I stole 56 billion dollars" Cuomo should threaten to investigate somebody about something.

2 posted on 07/09/2009 10:54:00 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: GreaterSwiss
lesson: never trust a party switcher. They have no loyalty and will set out pretty easy. I def. don't want one as president.
3 posted on 07/09/2009 10:55:48 AM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: GreaterSwiss

“Make me team captain or I’m taking my ball and going home!”

That’s how I read it.

What a d**che.


4 posted on 07/09/2009 10:59:27 AM PDT by Zeppelin (Where have you gone, Joe McCarthy, oh? A nation turns illiberel eyes to you...oo oo oo...)
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To: All

On a related note, Bronx state Sen. Pedro Espada, announced that he was a “political whore”. The NY state Democratic party accepted this announcement with open arms.


5 posted on 07/09/2009 11:00:01 AM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: GreaterSwiss; Clemenza; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; Clintonfatigued

” Espada said, “Unfortunately, Dean rejected an opportunity to reach a compromise under which Republicans would have had equal access to all the resources of the Senate.”

Espada said the “compromise” would have kept him as Senate president and made Democratic Sen. Carl Kruger of Brooklyn the Senate majority leader, with Skelos “able to have whatever other title he would have liked.” “


I have to tell you, IMHO, if Skelos was willing to make a deal with scumbags such as Espada and Monserrate, it’s silly for him to nix a deal with Espada and Kruger (the latter of whom opposes same-sex marriage) that would have kept the GOP in partial control of the agenda. I just hope that Espada returning control to the Democrats doesn’t result in the same-sex marriage bill getting to the floor.

We definitely need the GOP to pick up one or two state Senate seats in 2010 so that we have a seat in the table during post-2010-Census redistricting, or it will be an absolute bloodbath for the party in 2012.


6 posted on 07/09/2009 11:03:23 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

This guy has flipped so much does his handshake matter?


7 posted on 07/09/2009 11:04:57 AM PDT by swheats (Time is still the greatest equializer.)
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To: GreaterSwiss
Good Grief!!!


8 posted on 07/09/2009 11:05:27 AM PDT by Iron Munro (If you cannot be a good example you can serve as horrible warning - like Obama.)
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To: mrsixpack36

I don’t mind party-switchers if they do it based on the issues and are serious about the switch; I certainly didn’t mind the fact that Romald Reagan had been a Democrat until age 50 or so.


9 posted on 07/09/2009 11:06:43 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: mrsixpack36
lesson: never trust a party switcher. They have no loyalty and will set out pretty easy. I def. don't want one as president.

I would like to have one party switcher back.

10 posted on 07/09/2009 11:07:46 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Chrysler and GM are what Marx meant by the means of production.)
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To: mrsixpack36
lesson: never trust a party switcher. They have no loyalty and will set out pretty easy. I def. don't want one as president.

You mean like FDR Democrat and Union President Ronald Reagan?

11 posted on 07/09/2009 11:08:10 AM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: GreaterSwiss

what a circus-—the piggies are in full control of this parastate.


12 posted on 07/09/2009 11:09:11 AM PDT by eleni121 (The New Byzantium - resurrect it!)
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To: KarlInOhio

He didn’t switch parties so much as the parties switched from underneath him. See also Strom Thurmond and other 50’s era Democrats-to-Republicans. These switchers are nothing like the Espadas and Specters of today.


13 posted on 07/09/2009 11:09:13 AM PDT by Dan Nunn (Some of us are wise, some of us are otherwise. -The Great One)
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To: Dan Nunn
Anyone who switches parties while in elected office, especially those who switch to gain power, shouldn't be trusted. Espada was as loyal as a street hooker.
14 posted on 07/09/2009 11:12:40 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Chrysler and GM are what Marx meant by the means of production.)
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To: Turbo Pig

Espada thought he was being a political “papi chulo” (pimp) by his actions-—but I knew him and the other dud (Monserrate) were full of it.


15 posted on 07/09/2009 11:17:00 AM PDT by BeerLover NYC (ABC, baby now, 123, face surgery, 123, freaky dee, ABC, glad it's you not me!)
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To: mrsixpack36
lesson: never trust a party switcher. They have no loyalty and will set out pretty easy. I def. don't want one as president.

fyi, Ronald Reagan was a democrat.

16 posted on 07/09/2009 11:28:47 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: Dan Nunn

Thurmond actually resigned from the senate and ran again as a Republican in a special election... and his seat made no difference in the balance of power. He actually switched to the minority.

In 1953, Wayne Morris switched to the Democrats, but refused to make his switch effective until the following election because it would have flipped party control of the senate. The integrity of politicians has taken a real dive...


17 posted on 07/09/2009 11:47:49 AM PDT by Chet 99
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To: GreaterSwiss

The GOP may be Espada’s soulmates, but he’s going to try his hardest to fall back in love with the Dems.


18 posted on 07/09/2009 11:49:03 AM PDT by drjimmy
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To: mrsixpack36

I have to disagree. My favorite President of all time (Reagan) was a Party switcher...

I just say never trust anyone who was recently a Democrat ;)


19 posted on 07/09/2009 11:53:35 AM PDT by FMoran (Go get em Sarah!)
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To: mrsixpack36

I have to disagree. My favorite President of all time (Reagan) was a Party switcher...

I just say never trust anyone who was recently a Democrat ;)


20 posted on 07/09/2009 11:53:38 AM PDT by FMoran (Go get em Sarah!)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Gotta admire someone who always stands by their strong convictions.


21 posted on 07/09/2009 11:57:56 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government -- Thomas Payne)
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To: Chet 99
"Thurmond actually resigned from the senate and ran again as a Republican in a special election..."

No, you're confused. When he first ran in 1954, he won as a write-in candidate (Democrat), defeating the regular Democrat. He resigned in 1956 (as per prior agreement) and won the Dem primary outright without a write-in, where he served without interruption until 2003. He switched to the GOP in 1964 but did not resign. However, SC Congressman Albert Watson, who was a DINO Goldwater supporter, resigned in early 1965 (after the Dems stripped him of seniority) and ran as a Republican, winning in the special a few months later where he remained until 1971 when he lost for Governor.

22 posted on 07/09/2009 12:06:15 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: campaignPete R-CT; perfect_rovian_storm; rabscuttle385; Impy; Clemenza; darkangel82; ...

*ping*

Here we go again... We’ll see how long it lasts.


23 posted on 07/09/2009 12:29:30 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

We may have 2 seats left by the time the special for McHugh’s seat is held, it really can’t get much worse at the federal level. It’s inexcusable we have less than a dozen seats in NY.


24 posted on 07/09/2009 12:31:41 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Turbo Pig

YES!!!!!!!


25 posted on 07/09/2009 12:36:45 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (Navy blue)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Hmmm. Was this ‘defection’ a put-up job all along? What was the reason behind it?


26 posted on 07/09/2009 12:40:30 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: mrsixpack36
lesson: never trust a party switcher. They have no loyalty and will set out pretty easy. I def. don't want one as president.

Ronald Reagan was a Democrat, before he became Gov. of CA.

27 posted on 07/09/2009 12:41:51 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: mrsixpack36

lesson: never trust a party switcher. They have no loyalty and will set out pretty easy. I def. don’t want one as president.

You already did...President Reagan. Uh oh...yieks I am in a pickle now...


28 posted on 07/09/2009 12:42:36 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: GreaterSwiss

What was his price?


29 posted on 07/09/2009 12:47:18 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: Dan Nunn

They knew what you meant...they were just trying to be clever.


30 posted on 07/09/2009 12:49:46 PM PDT by Nephi ( Support Fascism: Buy GE, GM and Chrysler products! You already buy gasoline.)
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To: mrsixpack36

“lesson: never trust a party switcher. They have no loyalty and will set out pretty easy. I def. don’t want one as president.”

I guess that’s why Phil Graham lost out to Bob Dole for the Presidential nomination back in ‘96. Graham was a party-switcher. Look what we got instead.


31 posted on 07/09/2009 12:55:12 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Never trust a democrat.


32 posted on 07/09/2009 1:04:10 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

This is the same Espada that the Democrats attacked a couple of weeks ago as a criminal who should be thrown out of the Senate.


33 posted on 07/09/2009 2:02:56 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: GreaterSwiss

Okay, the Dems are high fiving, the Senator got his gig, the Pubbies got screwed again.

Any reporter think of asking the constituency, aka “The People” how they feel?

Guess it doesn’t matter, does it?


34 posted on 07/09/2009 3:09:30 PM PDT by hattend (Sarah Palin has run a fishing business, a city, and a state. All Obama has done is run his mouth.)
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To: SuziQ

I guess we got lucky with that one. Its too risky though.


35 posted on 07/09/2009 3:16:16 PM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: GreaterSwiss

[cue “Entrance of the Gladiators”, aka “Thunder and Blazes”, aka “Oh, yeah, that circus march!”]


36 posted on 07/09/2009 3:21:59 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: GreaterSwiss

An honest politician is one who stays bought.


37 posted on 07/09/2009 3:30:41 PM PDT by meadsjn
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To: mrsixpack36

Espada didn’t switch. He entered into a coation with the Senate Republicans.


38 posted on 07/10/2009 5:24:20 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: GreaterSwiss
Guess the check cleared.

BTW, NYS GOP is an acronymic oxymoron.

39 posted on 07/10/2009 5:26:46 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj

Maybe it’s better Skelos rejected it? Let everyone know the NY government is totally rat-run and everything that happens is their fault.

Hopefully they can elect Governor Ricky Lazio and a GOP Senate next year. If they don’t take the Senate back next year, the rats will draw the senate lines, and they may never be able to get it back.


40 posted on 07/10/2009 5:28:31 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: GreaterSwiss

so screwed up, and this is a government that wants to make decisions for us!


41 posted on 07/10/2009 7:13:51 AM PDT by Munz ("We're all here for you OK? It's a circle of love" Rham Emanuel)
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