Wednesday, April 4, 2018

NY State IDC Might Decide to Dissolve

The Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) was created by a group of Eight Members of the New York State Senate who were Elected as Democrats and are in a Majority Coalition with the Republicans in the Chamber.

Democrats lost Control of the State Senate in the November 2010 Elections, and removed Klein from his Role as their Chief Election Strategist. In 2011, Klein Resigned as the Democrats' Deputy Leader and formed the IDC with Senators Valesky, Carlucci, and Savino.

The IDC is led by Jeffrey D. Klein, and also includes David J. Valesky, David Carlucci, Diane Savino, Tony Avella, Jose Peralta, Jesse Hamilton, and Marisol Alcantara. "Independent Democrat" is not a recognized Political Party in New York State, so Members of the Caucus appear on the Ballot as Democrats, but have a Power Sharing Agreement with the Republican Leadership once Elected.

Brooklyn Senator Simcha Felder, who is not a Member of the IDC, also Caucuses with the Republicans, giving the Republican Party the Majority and outright Control of the New York State Senate.

After seven years of propping up Republican Leadership in New York's State Senate, Senator Jeff Klein and the Trump Democrats of the IDC reportedly agreed this morning to Dissolve as a Conference and Reunite with the Senate Democrats.

With the upcoming September State Primary, the IDC Members were going to be challenged with strong Campaigns. So now, after Seven years of Standing with the Republicans, they're backing down.

There is still a long way to go before Democrats can oust Republicans from Control of the State Senate and form a Majority. Democrats must win both Seats in the Special Election, then Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder must agree to come back into the Fold, which is highly questionable. Even then, the Rules of the Senate may prevent a simple Change of Leadership.

But with a new Senate, you would see New York with a Democratic Governor, Assembly, and Senate.

Even though the IDC decided to join the Democratic Caucus, they will be challenged in the September Primaries.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker
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