For a few weeks last year, Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) had Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate, two New York City Democrats, in his camp, which allowed his party to carry out a temporary claim on the lost house majority. Now Monserrate is gone and Espada facing legal trouble once again, and anyway, both had long since scurried back to their Democratic roots.
Yet New York City's Senate Democrats graciously contnue to supply Skelos with at least one argument in favor of returning his caucus to power. Lately it comes in the form of wacky Brooklyn Sen. Kevin Parker -- who's much more useful to the Republicans as a foil than a vote. Remember, the Dems have the thinnest of majorities, 32-30, and face a state election that has national midterm-backlash written all over it. Not that Parker will lose his seat -- he'll just, in a general way, help blight the reputation of his conference a little like the way ex-Majority Leader Joseph Bruno's criminal conviction taints the resume of his former colleagues.
Parker's latest in an odious series of racial Tourette's episodes -- set against a hot-heated personal history of physical and verbal assaults -- is described here. All of it allows Skelos to say with due credibility:
"His (Parker's) comments yesterday and today have once again gone over the line of decency. On a radio show this morning, Senator Parker called all the members of our conference, as well as members of his own Democrat conference, "white supremacists." Senator Parker is not fit to serve in the New York State Senate and he should be disciplined."