ICYMI: I asked Sen. Mike Gianaris, chair of the DSCC, during a CapTon interview last night about the report that Simcha Felder, the Democratic candidate running in the so-called “Super Jewish” district in Brooklyn, has cut a deal to caucus with the Republicans if he’s elected today and support Dean Skelos as majority leader.

“That story was anonymously sourced,” Gianaris replied. “Simcha Felder has never said that. He’s running on the Democratic line against an incumbent Republican, David Storobin. And I would expect that people who get elected as Democrats would be true to what their constituents have chosen, and will stick with that conference.”

“So, I don’t know what the source of that news report is. Actually, no one does, other than that reporter. I don’t doubt that someone said that, but I have no way of knowing the truth or untruth of it.”

I also managed to get ahold of a source familiar with Felder’s thinking on this, who insisted to me that “nothing has changed” since the outset of this race.

The former New York City councilman, who has a history of alliances with Republicans (including Mayor Bloomberg, back when he was a member of the GOP), said his main objective if he’s elected to the Senate would be to serve his constituents in the most effective way possible.

Essentially, that means he would caucus with whoever’s in power and able to give him – and, in turn, his constituents – the best deal.

If it comes down to a situation in which Felder’s vote would make the difference in a tight majority leader race (this could happen if the four IDC members remain neutral, refusing to support either a Democrat or a Republican), it would be something he relishes, according to my source, because he would be in the catbird seat and able to REALLY deliver for the folks back home.

In this long shot scenario, Felder would likely dance with the party that ‘brung him – in other words, he would side with the Republicans, according to this source, because they – not the Democrats – initially approached him and asked him to run.

The irony of that, of course, is that the Senate GOP recruited Felder to run in the new district, thereby screwing a member of their own conference (Storobin).

As you’ll recall, Storobin was not expected to win his special election for former Sen. Carl Kruger’s seat against Democratic New York City Councilman Lew Fidler. The race went into overtime, and Storobin ended up the victor, but he only got to serve a few weeks in Albany before his new colleagues eliminated his district in redistricting, shoving him into a head-to-head contest with Felder.

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