Can the Democratic Party in NY survive 2010 with Pedro Espada as the party's choice for Senate Majority Leader ? The answer is yes. Most Democrats come from non-competitive seats or are popular enough on their own that they needn't worry.
However, in the 50-50 Senate, the more marginal seats....like our Senator Darrel Aubertine. may want to consider the merits of being linked to this guy. The stench from Espada's dealings and the willingness of the press to report on them is an easy issue with which to tar other members of the Senate. That is why the 48th District will be hotly contested again next year........Mr. Aubertine had survived two close contests and under most circumstances would be entitled to a breather.
But with Espada in a leadership post, a Republican will be able to run against downstate corruption instead of running against the popular fellow from Cape Vincent.
Did Espada lie for $3M? -- Page 1 -- Times Union - Albany NY:2863: