If you’re going to use something as an excuse for the inevitable gridlock in Albany at the end of a legislative session, you could do worse than campaign finance reform. Spitzer hasn’t said that this is his reason for the traditional end-of-June squabble, but I suppose he’s very canny in making people think it is. It’s a great issue to use as a smoke screen for inaction. Kudos to the Spitz.
Such constipation is no longer surreal in Albany, but I thought this quote by Jim Tedisco was, if only because it illustrates to the rest of the world how idiosyncratic Republicans in this great state of ours can be (compared to national Republicans).
Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco, R-Schenectady, complained that lawmakers had been spending too much time on relatively insignificant or symbolic matters, like gay marriage and using marijuana for medical purposes that have little chance of becoming law, rather than dealing with issues that are important in the lives of their constituents, or on relatively trivial matters, like regulating violent video games. “Nobody walks up to me in a CVS or in a market or on the street and says, ‘Jim, we’re leaving the state of New York because of violent video games,” he said.
Just a little illustration of how difficult it is to go to national political blogs like Daily Kos or whatever and try to explain to them that their ordinary political assumptions don’t work when it comes to the Empire State. (Although, I suppose, him being a Republican, if it were about regulating video games with sexual content rather than violent content, he’d be all over it, so maybe it’s not so weird.)