Republicans apparently seized control of the New York State Senate on Monday, in a stunning and sudden reversal of fortunes for the Democratic Party, which controlled the chamber for barely five months.Blame gay marriage. Backed by the likes of an adulterous, unpopular governor whose been feening for it, Senate liberals (and their minions in the press) have recently been trying to push gay marriage legislation down the throats of New Yorkers. Forget that some conservative Democrats in the Senate warned Malcolm Smith about what would happen if gay marriage was brought to the floor. Forget that most Americans oppose gay marriage. Forget that one-issue, gay Senator Tom Duane has been trying to bully fellow Senators into saying "yes" to gay marriage. Forget the fact that New York has hundreds of more pressing needs than catering to the radical liberal agenda, Smith and his leftwing cronies could care less--all in the name of getting NY some stupid name recognition (as the 7th state to approve of "gay marriage). Now how stupid do they look?
A raucous leadership fight erupted on the floor of the Senate around 3 p.m., with two Democrats, Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx and Hiram Monserrate of Queens, joining the 30 Senate Republicans in a motion that would displace Democrats as the party in control.In a news conference in the early evening, Senator Malcolm A. Smith of Queens, leader of the Senate Democrats, insisted that the Republican-engineered vote was illegal and violated parliamentary procedure. He said the vote was illegal because it had already taken place after the meeting was already brought to an end.