Today's mail bag had two pieces from the Ritchie campaign. One was her usual pro Patty boilerplate...The other was a post card with a smiling picture of Sen. Aubertine with the headline that his voting record on business issues is nothing to smile about.
In the Senate 32 seats is the bare majority the Dems have against the 30 Republicans. To get things passed all 32 Dems most vote aye.
The dilemma Sen Aubertine faces is that 25 of the 32 Democratic seats are from the City of New York, Four fifths of the caucus comes from one municipality,and on a host of issues that constituency prevails.
As a swing vote, there are some issues someone like Darrel Aubertine or Sen. David Valesky can leverage. Power for Jobs, a prison kept open, nixing the soda tax or wine in grocery stores. They can also stray and defeat liberal bills like the Farm Labor Bill.
But in the end, to get things for their district, they ultimately have to support the overall majority bills.
Now thats how governing works no matter who is in charge...You end up voting for things you don't like to get something you do.
But in this environment, the handful of upstate Dems can easily be cast as captives of the NYC crowd.
In this year of angry upstate voters, the personally popular Cape Vincent Senator carries an exceptionally large albatross, thus relieving his opponent of the need to discuss issues beyond the platitudes that fit nicely in a palm card.
All the usual things you do to get reelected, like bringing home pork don't seem to be working this year.
GOP leaders admit, Senator Aubertine could merely change his registration and they would love him, given his stand on issues....But he has a "D" after his name and he seems perilously close to losing because of it.