Looking back at the 2008 Elections
In a NYTimes story back in December 5, 2008, it was reported , “Mr. Espada is part of a new Senate leadership team that was cobbled together in a secretive political deal on Thursday that has troubled good-government groups and even fellow Democrats. Under the deal, Mr. Espada and two other Democrats — Carl Kruger of Brooklyn and Rubén Díaz Sr. of the Bronx — decided to back their party after flirting with the idea of throwing their support behind the Republicans.
Democrats won 32 of the 62 seats in the Senate last month, appearing to win control of the Senate for the first time in more than four decades, but a holdout by the so-called Gang of Three had kept the leadership in doubt. Under the deal struck on Thursday and partly brokered by Gov. David A. Paterson, the current Senate minority leader, Malcolm A. Smith, a Queens Democrat, will become president pro tem, effectively the leader of the chamber.”
How ironic Smith joined the Democrats aligning themselves with the Republicans under Jeff Klein’s leadership to wrestle control of the Senate from the Democrats to maintain a politically racially divided Senate.