Allow me to add to the insightful reporting of “Sen. Smith jumps ship to join the Republicans” (Politics As Usual by Peter C. Mastrosimone, Dec. 6). Republican State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelosreminds me of Don Corleone, who is not about to give up his power so easily. Like the Godfather, Skelos has all the politicians in his pocket, keeping him in charge. He haspurchased the votes of Democratic Sen. Simcha Felder and the Independent Democratic Caucus members, Sens. Jeff Klein, David Carlucci, David Valesky and Diane Savino, along with Malcolm Smith.
His offers of salary lulus, committee chairmanships, sponsorship and passage of favorable legislation promoted by their own pay-to-play campaign contributors, hidden earmarks buried under quasi state agencies, along with extra funds for additional staff, district offices and mailings, can’t be refused. All six are puppets while Godfather Skelos pulls the strings.
There are no politically pure virgins in Albany. Everyone has a price for selling out to the highest bidder.