Dan Janison has been a reporter at Newsday since 1997.
In New York Republican circles, the House GOP that forced the first partial federal shutdown since the 1990s can only be, politically speaking, bad for business.
How bad and for how long have yet to be determined.
Members of the House delegation face re-election next year, which means if the standoff ends soon, GOP members may have time for disgusted voters to forget, forgive, or hold them harmless for the disruption. These lawmakers scrambled to rhetorically distance themselves from the high-risk tactics of their conference, headed by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), slammed the "Ted Cruz Republicans," referring to the Texas senator who pushed the revolt over already enacted Obamacare that began disrupting government operations last week.
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island) said he would support a funding bill for federal operations without the concessions his colleagues sought to extract. Rep. Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook) also departed early from his party's "shut it down" bargaining posture on health insurance.
Of course, Democrats now seeking office wasted little time trying to pin the chaos on their Republican rivals, who in turn call them wanton tax-hikers.
In Nassau's county executive race, Democrat Thomas Suozzi said incumbent Republican Edward Mangano "continues to proudly proclaim that he's a conservative tea party Republican" and "supports the conservative agenda in Washington" -- and therefore "must be held accountable."
In New York City's mayoral race, Bill de Blasio, the Democrat, sought to link Joe Lhota, the Republican, to tea party philosophy even as Lhota renounced "extremist" agendas.
In Westchester's county executive race, Democrat Noam Bramson took this shot at GOP incumbent Rob Astorino: "The tea party with a smile is still the tea party, and campaigning like [ex-Gov.] Nelson Rockefeller is not very impressive if you're going to govern like [ex-House Speaker] Newt Gingrich."
TICKET-TEARING:Democratic North Hempstead Town Clerk Leslie Gross runs on the Republican line against her party's nominee, Wayne Wink. Her consultant Michael Tobman wonders aloud how shunning her helps a Democratic Party trying to recoup county offices . . . Nassau Independence Party chairman Rick Bellando is hosting a fete Oct. 21 featuring two of his minor party's nominees -- Mangano and Democratic District Attorney Kathleen Rice.