Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Wise Decision

This afternoon, New York Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara dismissed the Democrats’ lawsuit against Senator Pedro Espada, declining to intervene in a legislative matter and sending the question of legislative leadership back to the political branch where it belongs:

[…T]he question calls for a solution by the members of the State Senate, utilizing the art of negotiation and compromise. The failure of the Senate to resolve this issue in an appropriate manner will make them answerable to the electorate.

The Democrats recognized the wisdom of this decision, declining to file an appeal and pledging to develop a power sharing agreement. The Republicans have yet to show their own wisdom on this point, and continue to stymie any consensus efforts.

Two out of three isn’t bad, but we need the Republicans to come around if the Senate is to get back to the business of governing.

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