Norman Seabrook, the president of the politically active New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, is throwing his support behind the Senate coalition and the five-member Independent Democratic Conference.

“As President of the COBA and knowing full well of the backroom politics that has continued to plague the citizens of this state and municipal workers, I am proud to support Senator Jeff Klein for his leadership in reaching out to members of both sides of the aisle, as well as to the Governor to bring much needed change for all New Yorkers. The gridlock that we have seen in the past has proven to be unproductive. That is why we support this newly established bi-partisan governing coalition in the Senate and particularly Senators Jeff Klein, Malcolm Smith, Diane Savino, David Carlucci, and David Valesky in their efforts to make elected officials in Albany finally adhere to the principles of the Constitution which states, We the People, For the People, By the People.”

COBA is not shy when it comes to getting involved in the political arena, and has generously donated to lawmakers in both parties — including all five IDCers — in the last decade.

But the endorsement from Seabrook, who is black, comes after Sen. Ruben Diaz accused Malcolm Smith, the latest Democrat to join the IDC fold, of being a “token” minority. All of this is within the context of the growing concerns from black and Latino groups that the IDC-GOP coalition will essentially keep power in the hands of white elected officials statewide.

And it comes after some snickering erupted on twitter when Klein, the leader of the IDC who forged the power-sharing agreement with Republican leader Dean Skelos, complimented New York City mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, who would be the second black leader of the city.

But it is worth pointing out that Klein and Thompson have a connection that is more than skin deep: Both share the same political consultant Roberto Ramirez.  Thompson and the IDC do seem to have a good relationship, considering that the former New York City comptroller MCing one of their fund-raisers in January that pulled in $200,000.