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Schumer's odyssey: from cameras to in-camera

Is this the Sen. Chuck Schumer New Yorkers have gotten to know? The one you didn’t want to get in the way of when a camera was near?
In one of the most tumultuous weeks for New York Democrats, Schumer -- the senior senator and arguably most powerful Democrat in New York -- had very little to say about it.
Schumer said nada after:
*Gov. David Paterson insisted all week he wouldn’t quit.
*Harold Ford Jr. Monday dropped his race against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
*Real estate and media mogul Mort Zuckerman on Tuesday said he wouldn’t run against Gillibrand  either (after dining with Schumer).
*Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Manhattan) Wednesday stepped down for under pressure as House Ways and Means Committee chair.
*The White House added a Schumer meeting with Obama to its public schedule Thursday. A Schumer aide said it was scrapped. A White House aide said it was by phone.
*Rep. Eric Massa (D-Corning), faced with a sexual harassment complaint, dropped his re-election bid Thursday and resigned from office Friday.
*News reports Friday said White House advisers would soon recommend a military instead of a civilian trial for the accused 9/11 plotters.
When asked about the silence, Schumer’s Washington press spokesman offered two statements -- on Rangel: “Charlie has done the right thing, and my thoughts are with him at this difficult time.” And on the trials: “If this is true, it means with virtual certainty the trials will not be in New York and that is good news.”
As Schumer has become more powerful he has become more selective in speaking out. And that has made him a man of few words on New York politics.

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