An attempted Progressive takeover of the Albany State Assembly and war against Republicans launched early in this year’s campaign season by New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio failed.
On Election Day, New York State Republicans won 32 out of 63 State Senate races “giving the Republican Party an outright Senate majority for the first time in two years. Twenty-five of 26 Republican incumbents prevailed.”
Granting assurance that a Progressive takeover of the Albany Senate Assembly “would advance key elements of the progressive agenda, including the DREAM Act, a minimum wage increase and women’s equality,” de Blasio injected himself into state politics by vigorously pursuing those on his campaign donor list, (consisting of “labor unions, liberal donors and political operatives”) on behalf of State Progressives seeking re-election.
Pursuant to a NYT article written on September 11, 2014:
Speaking to more than 100 of his top campaign donors, Mr. de Blasio made clear that his top policy priorities — immigration reform, rent protections and a higher minimum wage in New York City — could depend on fellow Democrats’ regaining control of the Senate this fall, removing what has long been an impediment to cherished liberal causes.
Mr. de Blasio — whose top political aide, Emma Wolfe, will take time away from her City Hall duties to help candidates — is hoping that a rejuvenated left wing of labor unions and liberal advocates can make the difference in a handful of key tossup Senate districts, from Long Island to Buffalo.
Republicans, wary of an assault from what they call a group of radical and irresponsible liberals, are hoping to turn Mr. de Blasio’s involvement to their advantage. Already, Republican officials are saying they will warn voters about letting a left-leaning mayor pursue his agenda unfettered in Albany…..
Republicans successfully countered by wielding De Blasio’s involvement in state politics “as a weapon against the Democrats, warning suburban and upstate voters to be wary of a state government dominated by city liberals.”
The victory for Republicans and New Yorkers is a repudiation of the Progressive agenda and de Blasio himself.
Commie Bill, an elitist and out of touch spent Election night deflecting blame for the failure of his takeover plot, which resulted in major State Senate losses for Progressives by attempting to convince donors that the 2014 election paves the road for a Progressive takeover in 2016.
If Progressives had prevailed, the Albany State Assembly would have veered to the extreme left, which would have proved disastrous for New York State.
Between Commie Bill’s tepid rapport with the re-elected Andrew Cuomo and his failed takeover attempt of the Albany State Assembly, de Blasio may now find his agenda in limbo. Thus, in order to achieve anything de Blasio must journey into unfriendly territory.
The outcome weakened Mr. de Blasio’s hand in Albany and could curtail the scope of his first-term agenda. Lacking the partnership of the Senate, the mayor’s plan to restore New York City’s authority over its rent-control laws is likely a nonstarter. And his efforts to expand rights for immigrants and raise the city’s minimum wage could face significant opposition.
In negotiations, the mayor will also be more dependent on his on-again, off-again friend Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, whose track record of helping Mr. de Blasio is checkered at best. And some political advisers have suggested that Republican legislators might be inclined to exact revenge on the downstate mayor who had the temerity to challenge their power.
‘He’s in a tough position because no mayor in recent memory attempted to take out any segment of any part of the power centers in Albany,’ said Hank Sheinkopf, a longtime Democratic consultant. ‘He needs Albany more than the Albany folks need him.
For all the morning-after recriminations flying among disappointed New York Democrats, Mr. de Blasio was unruffled when he made his first remarks about the election at a news conference at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon….‘I don’t think that’s how politics works,’ the mayor said, adding that he did not think that ads depicting him as a liberal boogeyman, and aimed at upstate voters, had affected the outcome….
State Senate Republicans have now been warned by de Blasio to support his agenda or else. Sound familiar.
So what are the odds that Republicans are going to nail de Blasio to the wall?
Keeping digging that hole, Bill, keep digging that hole.