Smith Won't Drop Gay Marriage -- Deal with Dissidents Off
As you might expect, gangster Pedro Espada, who was to become majority leader under the arrangement, is enraged. He seems particularly upset that his proposed office was deprived by Smith of money. "There was no budget, there was no power, it was just a title," raged Espada to Capitol Confidential. He said he would not "make myself a party to that kind of fraud." Diaz, for his part, lamented that whereas before "the Hispanic community would get something," now "there's nothing for us."
Is it a matter of honor or a tactic? Given that Espada has caucused with the Republicans before, the Democrats must know he's capable of doing it again. Maybe Smith and Paterson wouldn't much mind if the GOP were left on the hook for the coming financial debacle.