Skelos Downplays Comparisons Between WFP, Conservative Party
In a radio interview with Susan Arbetter this morning, Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos downplayed comparisons made between the liberal Working Families Party on the left and the Conservative Party on the right.
The Republican leader continued his use of pointed language when referring to the agreement struck to re-ally the Senate Independent Democratic Conference with the mainline party, which would form a completely Democratic coalition majority in the chamber.
“Right now it’s primary season and I know that the governor and Bill de Blasio, the Working Families Party had threatened them with primaries,” he said.
Skelos also accused the governor of caving to the liberal Working Families Party in order to win their endorsement, something he has said repeatedly througout the week. Some have drawn comparisons between the WFP’s influence on the Democrats and the Conservative Party’s influence on Republicans.
When Arbetter asked Skelos about this, calling to mind the full 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda and the Dream Act – two pieces of legislation which failed to make it through the senate due to pressure from the right – this was Skelos’ resonse:
“They didn’t endorse me once, so I didn’t go groveling to them and cry that they weren’t going to endorse me. I just went out, worked harder and got re-elected. The Conservative Party did not support medicinal marijuana, I voted for it. The conservative party did not support the SAFE Act. That bill went out to the floor for a vote. The Conservative Party has not supported some of the issues, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t have certain core beliefs that the Conservative Party does support.”
He also pointed out that nine of the ten points of the women’s equality agenda did pass the senate, excluding the controversial abortion-related provision.
As for the IDC’s “divorce” from the senate Republicans, the relationship analogies were almost too easy to make.
“You took a girl to the prom and she left with another guy,” said Arbetter.
Skelos remarked, “We had a great relationship with them. Sometimes you have trial separations in marriage and all of the sudden you find out that the marriage is pretty good.”
That being said, Skelos said he’s confident that the GOP will be able to flip the seats of Democratic senators Tim Kennedy and Terry Gipson, as well as some other “surprises,” to take back the majority this fall. He left the door open on whether or not his conference would welcome the IDC back should the senate GOP take back the senate.
“I will absolutely accept bipartisanship. We can have that discussion down the road.”
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