The New York Daily News has blasted Senator Darrel Aubertine for blocking passage of a farm labor bill that farmers say would have inflicted undo hardship on their troubled industry.
The legislation was pushed by big labor, including the Working Families Party, a group in part responsible for the election of Mr. Aubertine.
Passage of the bill would have put farm workers on parity with other workers and was seen as a way to help people being "exploited" by the agriculture industry.
The upstate Democrat's name is Darrel Aubertine. Remember it well. He represents farmers who would prefer to keep exploiting this rather captive workforce. In fact, he is a farmer himself.
Noble profession. Ignoble behavior: He asked to block the bill from seeing the light of day. He even deep-sixed a watered-down compromise.
Republicans were hoping to use passage of the bill as a club in their effort to defeat Aubertine this coming year, but with the bill not passing that club goes away.
The flip side is that the WFP has had to eat crow by getting involved in upstate races, then not being able to control the person they elect.