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Espada to the Rescue?

June 2, 2010

Word from the Capitol is that the Senate Dems were ready to move a bill late last night that would have given the labor-backed Working Families Party a break on its ballot requirement. 

The bill modified an election law provision that a political party must get at least 50,000 votes in a gubernatorial race to maintain its ballot position. Instead, a party would be allowed to maintain its ballot position if it got 50,000 votes in any race, including LG, AG or Comptroller. 

This is significant this year because if, as expected, Andrew Cuomo declines the WFP nomination, the party will have to quickly find another candidate to muster the required votes. 

The Senate bill was another big favor to labor, and would have sailed through were it not for one Pedro Espada, who told leadership he wouldn’t back the measure. This meant the Dems couldn’t muster the votes and the bill was laid aside. 

Before anyone cites Espada as a profile in political courage, it should be noted that he was a yes vote on another labor plum that passed last night. It was the measure we wrote about yesterday (See Prevailing Madness) that reclassifies utilities as public entities and requires them to pay prevailing wages to contract services workers. This was a straight contract for the influential 32BJ union.   

Is there a pattern emerging here? Of course, there is. The Senate Dems are doing everything they can to appeal to labor in an election year.

One Comment leave one →
  1. mark Keister permalink
    June 2, 2010 3:32 PM

    Gilding the Lily – tho the flower doth wither and die . . .

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