Smith Announces Senate Chairs, Then Flees
Smith later said the dissidents "know the positions that they're getting," though that is in dispute among some senators, as the aborted conference shows.
The press is getting suspicious. The Albany Times Union has been reviewing (as we have) the unpromising background of Espada. The Lower Hudson Journal says, "Senate Democrats in Albany continue their effort to snatch defeat from the jaws of November victory." Bill Hammond of the Daily News calls Smith "the Plaxico Burress of politics" because, after "winning the Super Bowl of Albany politics," Smith has figuratively "shot himself in the foot." Burress shot himself in the leg, but you get the idea.