Long Island legislators agreed that the election in Massachusetts of Republican Scott Brown to a seat once occupied by the standard-bearer of the Democratic Party may be a bellwether of things to come, a development that could radically shift local and national politics.
King called it a wake-up call for Democrats all the way up to the president to shift more to the center of the political spectrum.
"The country is speaking to us, and we will hear them in the agenda we pursue over the next year," said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). "Our focus must be on jobs, the economy and delivering for the middle class."
"Tonight, we saw yet another sign that the Republican Party and our values are back in America with the election in Massachusetts," he said in a statement. "We are back because the people fundamentally agree with us about lower taxes and less spending, because they want smaller and less intrusive government, and because we represent the future. We represent the best in America."
With Tom Brune