In a surprising....strike that....shocking show of confidence, Senator Darrel Aubertine tonight told me he will not seek nor accept the nomination of the controversial and far left Working Families Party.
Senator Aubertine revealed the move prior to the Dairy Parade in which he appeared.
The WFP with its money and shock troops had been essential to Aubertine's first two wins....But the party on Line E has been embroiled in scandal...is under investigation and promotes policies far to the left of Aubertine.
The Senator told me he did not feel comfortable with their endorsement and made his decision some time ago.
Other Democrats including Andrew Cuomo have hinted at spurning the line, but Aubertine tells me his decision is final.
Aubertine has been a recent target of mailers from big labor, and that may have been retaliation for the Senator's decision.
Aubertine's opposition to a Farm Labor Bill may also be a factor in the estrangement.
Its still a risky move, as conventional wisdom in New York politics is the more lines the better. It also could be seen as principled and in line with North Country values....