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New York Uprising

5 May

At the Democratic Rural Conference in Niagara Falls last weekend, State Senate President pro tem Malcolm Smith said,

“With the Democrats in control of the State Senate, we are going to draw the lines so that Republicans will be in oblivion in the state of New York for the next 20 years”

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch replied thusly:

What he said was absolutely dumb — dumb even for himself…I mean if he was going to do it you don’t announce it.”

Koch is exactly right. Redistricting shouldn’t be controlled by Republicans or Democrats, and it shouldn’t be done to further political ends. Koch runs a group called “New York Uprising” and is lobbying for nonpartisan redistricting in Albany. (Twitter) (Facebook)

Smith’s deliberate choice of words, which he now tries to downplay, don’t reveal everything that’s wrong with Albany politics, because Albany’s failure is more widespread and quite bipartisan. But it was a pull-back-the-curtain moment and shames them all.