Maltese, Serphin (i)
rights, with a ticket headed by Spitzer…running against “…the
latest Albany revolving door bagman (followed on the ballot by
a Senate race between Hillary and …“Mr. Lost His Condom in
Yonkers” …), this should be a banner year for Senate
Democrats, but they’ve had trouble even fielding place-holder
candidates in marginal districts. “
Gatemouth on Room 8 5/10/06
” Maltese, like Padavan, is a long-term Queens Republican
incumbent representing an overwhelmingly Democratic district
who has run unopposed the last two elections. However, Maltese
endorsed a Republican rival of Mayor Bloomberg in 2005, and
since then Bloomberg has been seeking revenge. The nominally
Republican mayor tried hard to recruit Democratic Councilman
Joseph Addabbo to run against Maltese, but Addabbo backed out,
leaving attorney Albert Baldeo as the Democrat in the race.
Baldeo has raised only $35,000 to over $130,000 for Maltese.
While Maltese is probably weaker than Padavan, Baldeo is the
reason this race isn't a better pickup opportunity than the
11th; during a primary campaign for a city council seat last
year he and an opponent engaged in a feud that led to both
getting arrested. The district is 1/4 hispanic, which could
play to Baldeo's advantage. This race leans for Maltese, and
we could have done better than Baldeo for a candidate.
Scott in New Jersey on Daily Kos – 9/15/06
“In Serph Maltese’s race, he faces Democrat Al Baldeo, who,
during a run for City Council, was arrested for allegedly
pulling a gun on his opponent’s wife; the most remarkable
thing is that the certifiably nutcase incumbent, Allan
Jennings, was not involved in the incident. In fairness, the
charges were later dismissed, and Baldeo went on to run third.
In further fairness, one can be sure that Serph would
zealously advocate for Baldeo’s right to keep, bear, and
recklessly misuse armaments of any kind, as long as they were
not aimed at a stem cell. I do not know which is worse,
Maltese’s record as a far right reactionary, or his
exemplification of the City’s Senate Republican record of
being penny-wise and pound foolish. He readily packs his
schools with member items, while signing onto funding formulas
which weaken our entire school system, including the schools
in his own district. Serph’s solution is always to apply a
localized band-aid to a gangrenous wound, which in the end
gives his constituents the appearance of special VIP service,
while exacerbating their problems. But, while Baldeo would
certainly be an improvement, and I endorse him with all guns
blazing, saying "let’s give him a shot", one wonders why a
stronger opponent could not be found in this year of all
Gatemouth on Room 8 – 11/6/06
Submitted by Gatemouth on Room 8 5/10/06
Well, either Scott and I were right, or Al Baldeo was a model
candidate and political genius. But, if he was so talented,
someone at the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee should
have spotted it, and given him some more help. And, if as I
suspect, there could have been a better candidate, then one
should have been recruited; Lord knows, the demographics of
this area have changed so rapidly that no gerrymander could
have blunt its impact, at least not half as much as much as it
was blunted by the ineptitude of the Democratic Senate
Campaign Committee, which was clearly asleep at the switch.
Special mention must also be given to “Democrat” Assemblyman
“Fat Tony” Seminario who endorsed Maltese and should now be
forced to wake up and smell the coffee (but if he did, would
probably just send out for some doughnuts). Fat Man, The Times
They Are a Changin’. Your district’s Archie Bunkers have been
replaced by the Bumblebee Man, Apu and Borat; the neo-Nazis
you used to have to run against are now a distant memory, like
the last time you saw your toes. It is time you experienced
some new cuisine reflective of the people you now fail to
represent; try it; you’ll like it. And try being a real
Democrat, or your new constituents may just decide to retire
you to Staten Island. The only useful partisan purpose served
by Seminario's performance was to make the lame efforts of the
Queens Organization look good by contrast.
But it was not only Seminario, a right wing DINO, who let
Baldeo down; it was the left as well:
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 11/05/2006 -
“This year, only one candidate in State Senate 15, Dem Albert
Baldeo, interviewed with WFP and they withheld the endorsement
and chose to leave the line blank rather than give it to him.
Sen Maltese is the most conservative nut job in the Senate and
yet they didn't budge. WFP is just a glorified prostitute.”
As this goes to press, in Yonkers, Andrea Stewart-Cousins hang
on to a slim lead of 1149 votes, which, to her, defeated last
time by 18 votes, may seem like a landslide. Last time her
defeat owed to WFP endorsing her opponent, Nick Spano; this
time WFP ostensibly stood on the sidelines, while their
affiliate organizations worked for Big Nick. In the biggest
Democratic NYS landslide in a lifetime, the Senate Democrats
will, if lucks hold out, take one new seat. That victory, and
Baldeo’s. would have been assured with WFP support.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 11/08/2006 -
This is the fucking fault of that whore WFP. They refused
Baldeo their endorsement and line. Instead they chose to leave
the line blank.
Maltese had the Independent and Conservate and Republican
lines. Baldeo only had the DEM line.
was the fucking problem here. 743 fucking votes!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 11/08/2006 -
DSCC deliberately ignored Baldeo's requests for NOT financial
assistance since he dipped into his own pockets but for a
couple Democratic big wigs to help him campaign.
sat down with the DSCC in Nov 2004 and the DSCC didn't do
also spoke to WFP in Oct. 2004, and they fucking waffled and
ultimately did nothing!
Roscoe Conway on Wed, 11/08/2006 - 4:00am.
yield to no one in my contempt for the WFP and my desire to
blame them for every foul deed up to and including the fate of
Joseph Force Crater.
That said, I feel compelled to point out that 2006 represents
the third such landslide year in New York within my
lifetime, the second within my memory, and the first with a
Working Familes Party.
1964, coattails had real meaning - or, as the old punchline
went, "Your ferryboat's name is Franklin D. Roosevelt." - and
the Democrats took the State Senate for the first time in 30
years. Democrats in far flung regions of the state, when
awakened by congratulatory phone calls, responded "I got
1986, Mario Cuomo won counties not taken by a Democrat since
the gubernatorial candidacy of Grover Cleveland. In true
Cuomo fashion, however, he did so while portraying himself as
the People's Tribune, battling a faceless, corrupt
legislature. This, er, "distancing" did nothing to help
Democratic Senate chances. At the same time, the Senate
Democrats were united, determined and putting in the kind of
effort that ultimately convinced Bob Morgenthau (and a young
Eliot Ness Spitzer) that Cuomo was absolutely right.
Republicans held the Senate.
2006, Eliot Spitzer won in a landslide similar to Cuomo's 1986
victory. As of this writing, the net impact on the Senate
Dems seems to have been to re-elect Andrea Stewart Cousins to
the Senate seat she won in 2004 and of which she may have been
deprived by the exertions of her own election lawyers.
much fun as it may be to pillory the WFP for the 2006 results,
these structural factors must be considered:
As Alfred E. Smith (FFM) once said, "The State Senate is
Constitutionally Republican". The Nassau and Suffolk seats
which remain in GOP hands are a tribute to the
mapmaker's computer and the Assembly Majority's willingness to
strike a deal protecting all incumbents.
Concentration of resources. The Republicans knew early on
this year that the Senate was going to be the only game in
Albany, effectively forfeiting the statewide races. Party and
contributors alike were free to throw all their sandbags up
around Uncle Joe's Band, and they did.
DSCC. David Paterson's elevation to LiteGov-in-waiting
without the immediate designation of a successor left the
ambitious members of his caucus in disarray. Remember, even
the Titanic needed a Captain. The personalities and ambitions
involved in the race for succession - and Paterson's initial
plan to let things sort themselves out after the election -
could not have brought focus to the DSCC.
Hevesi. There was room on the ferryboat Eliot Spitzer for
only one passenger this year. That passenger's name was not
"Democratic Senate Majority". It was, instead, "Vote for the
Crook, It's Important." Whatever coattails may have existed
were exhausted by the Hevesi win. Thanks, Professor.
WFP can be saddled with the responsibility for certain
individual races, but I can't ascribe to them the entire
record of failure.
That credit belongs to the Senate Democrats'
thalidomide-withered political arm by dint of its candidate
recruitment efforts, its writing-off of upstate New York and
the internal stresses of leadership by troika. What a great
improvement over the Marty Connor era.
Submitted by 628 (not verified) on Wed, 11/08/2006 -
Republicans will control the New York state Senate for one
reason only, and for the reason they have in the past, because
New York Democratic politicians want them too. There was
enough of a Democratic wave this year that the Dem- Senate
leader elect had to all but announced this. This stuff is
getting blatant enough that the usually incumbent friendly NY
Times called on voters to vote for Republicans for the State
Assembly and for Democrats for the State Senate.
Republican state Senate gives the Democrats a good enough
excuse to continue business as usual in New York. The problem
is, this isn't 1913 (when the legislature impeached and
removed a reform-minded governor) when this was one of the
wealthiest jurisdictions in the world and could tolerate some
graft. Modern day New York is a combination of a city no one
can afford to live in and an upstate where no one can find
are probably four years away from a collapse of the state tax
base. Until then, we pretty much got the State Senate the Dem
NY establishment wanted. Its a contrast from the federal
House where enough progressive and populists got swept in to
at least make things interesting for the next two years.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 11/08/2006 -
That boob Pat Jenkins, nominal Deputy CM for Spitzer for
Queens County, hates Indians (like Baldeo) and did nothing to
pass on repeated pleas for campaign assistance from the Baldeo
TO GO PAT! I hope Spitzer doesn't put you in charge of his
Submitted by Gate (not verified) on Wed, 11/08/2006 -
the biggest Democratic NYS landslide in a lifetime"Roscoe: the
words were carefully chosen. In Cuomo's 86 victory, his coat
tails did not even extend to the Democratic candidates for
Comptroller (Herman Badillo) and US Senate (Mark Green) (Now
that's a ticket for the ages!). And 64 was a Presidential
year, not quite an "NYS landlside". Probably should have
chosen the wordseven more carefully. Incidentally, point
number three has been taken in this column before
here (did you catch Bill Maher making the same Mamet
reference Friday?) While point number one is mentioned
Submitted by dorothy siegel (not verified) on Wed, 11/08/2006
The incompetence of the Democratic Party in failing
to win ANY state senate seats from nutcase Republicans during
a landslide Democratic sweep of the entire state (and country)
should be laid at the feet of the Working Families Party?
Nice try, Oh Erudite One.
With insightful analysis like that, no wonder only 5 far-out
non-Democrats read and comment on your blog on a regular
Submitted by Roscoe (not verified) on Wed, 11/08/2006 -
true "Ticket for the Ages" was Goldberg/Paterson, and if you
want to know why, you'll have to ask Dan O'Connell.
What, by the way, is a "nutcase Republican" with respect to
the State Senate majority?
Gate: Don't read my previous comments as an attempt to strike
an alliance with Bugsy Siegel. They stand on their own. At
the same time, I
a non-Democrat, I
far and I
out, so should I be concerned about what that makes me?
LINK: reprinted from Room 8
Was 2006 an opportunity
squandered by New York State democrats?
Submitted by Liza Sabater on Thu, 2006-11-09 11:29.
That's the question posed in the New York Times' article
Republicans Keep Control of the Senate in New York. I hate
to say it, but I have to agree with Michael Cooper :
For Democrats who have long sought to take control of a
Senate in New York that has seemed stubbornly out of reach
even though the state has 5.5 million registered Democrats
and only 3.1 million registered Republicans, 2006 proved to
be a squandered opportunity.
Some Democrats believed that too little was done on
Senate races to take advantage of a year when their party
got almost all the breaks on the rest of the statewide
ticket. Republicans, by contrast, worked feverishly to
protect their majority. For the Republicans, it was a
critical fight: since many of them had already written off
the governor’s race, they concentrated on the Senate hoping
to retain a power base in Albany.
Controlling even one house of the Legislature, they knew,
would effectively give them veto power over much of what
goes on in the state: they would have to approve all of Mr.
Spitzer’s budgets, agree to his legislative proposals, and
even give their approval to many important construction
projects and grand plans around the state.
Given that prospect, the Democrats did relatively
little to try to take the Senate. They put some of their
star power behind their State Senate candidates — Senator
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mr. Spitzer stumped for Ms.
Stewart-Cousins — but did little to share the wealth that
poured into the campaign coffers at the top of the ticket.
Republicans, by contrast, raised money at a furious clip for
their Senate candidates.
I feel NY Democrats need to multi-task a bit more with
their local, state-wide and national priorities.
A lot of money was raised for campaigns elsewhere.
Think Ned Lamont. Think Jim Webb. I am speaking as an outside
observer of the whole process but, I feel the State Senate and
Assembly races were considered ... ahem ... less sexy. The
fervor to get behind a Jim Webb didn't seem to be there when
needed to topple a Nick Spano.
The issue is not about good intentions or desire. The issue
is always money. I honestly don't understand why more money
was not put up by the state party for GOTV initiatives. Why
isn't there a push to make New York a true blue state,
You know what the state's priority should have been? Treat
every high-profile Republican seat as a must-win election.
Target the mofos and scare them to death.
I honestly am blown away by the amount of work and devotion
progressives are still showing to the Democratic party in New
York. Without state-wide grassroots organizations like
Democracy for New York,
New Democratic Majority, would we have upsets like John
If Stewat-Cousins wins, she would have been the only upset
in Albany. Why? Why couldn't we have picked up 3, 4, 6 seats
this time around?
Please, enlighten me
the Democrats did not wish control of the State Senate in
this cycle. In Queens, Serph Maltese won re-election by
800 or so. Had Democrats funded that race, as well as the
SI race of Matthew Titone for an open Senate Seat, they
might have produced better outcomes. The decision to, in
effect, give Joe Bruno a pass this year may haunt
Democrats in the future, but it also will give them a
reason why, on day two, everything hasn't changed.