Democrats say he is too ambitious...too craven...too desirous of power and position...
Meet rogue Democrat and now Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx.
Mr. Klein won his fifth term this year as the nominee of both the Democratic and Republican parties, although obviously it's being a Dem that got him where he is.
Now he has positioned his "Independent Democratic Caucus" into a five person power grab that Dems call a "coup". He even dates one of the other members.
Mr. Klein says he is practicing a new kind of coalition politics that is needed in Albany. Democratic stalwarts are thinking in the old paradigm. We won. We get the perks. We decide on the agenda.
Critics call Mr. Klein a Judas, and in cutting the deal the GOP may find its not as much in power as they are used to in the upper house.
After seeing what happened in 2009 when the Dems briefly controlled the Senate, and having followed the careers of the NYC pols that dominate their caucus, Mr. Klein's gambit (by the way, ambitious, self-serving pols are not new) is a symbol of his own ambitions, but he may provide some moderation in a state where we are always just a whisker away from higher taxes and more regulation.
Critics say Jeffrey Klein, the new co-leader of the state Senate, just craves power - NY Daily News