Does It Hurt the Dems?
We're having an internal debate here at Governing about whether Spitzer's downfall will prevent the Democratic Party from ending the Republicans' 40-year lock on the ...
We're having an internal debate here at Governing about whether Spitzer's downfall will prevent the Democratic Party from ending the Republicans' 40-year lock on the state Senate this year. The Dems only need a couple of seats to do so and appeared to have momentum, especially after gaining a seat in a special election last month.
I made the point yesterday on a Washington Post chat that Spitzer will linger as a campaign issue. My colleagues mostly disagree. Memories are short, Spitzer's scandal was personal, Paterson will enjoy a honeymoon period, and if the new governor is at all successful he'll end up more popular than Spitzer was even last week.
Such is their argument. We'll live and learn. I haven't been working the phones on this yet. But I note that the National Republican Congressional Committee has been putting out releases this week calling on New York Democrats to return "Spitzer's sleazy money." One returned the cash and another donated Spitzer's $2,000 to charity.
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