Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Comptroller Roundup........AM Edition

The Times Herald-Record thinks Editorial: Spitzer will rue losing first fight "Silver's response was a classic: "They can give me whatever they want. We don't have to listen to them, either."
That's the truth. He does not have to listen to the panel he approved or anybody else. He can ram through his choice for comptroller and no one can do anything about it.
The man on the line in this case is not Speaker Silver, who is behaving as expected, but Gov. Spitzer. If he quietly gives in here, we will know that he, like the speaker, cannot be trusted to keep his promises. And we will have yet another example of the reality that is Albany. The only reason this behavior is not criminal is because the people doing it make the laws." Can someone please tell me what more can Spitzer do here??? Legally he is out of the game now..........meanwhile Newsday reveals
Silver mulls battle with Spitzer over next comptroller "It's highly unlikely that the Assembly will capitulate and do one of the three," said one Assembly member who asked not to be identified. "There's a very strong sense that the governor is trying to make a power grab." and Yancey Roy thinks Legislature may delay comptroller vote
Spitzer has yet to indicate favorite; "Assembly not likely to act quickly The Democratic-led Assembly, which because of its size advantage over the GOP-controlled Senate holds sway in the vote, won't return to the Capitol until today. With the chamber in flux, they aren't likely to call for a vote then, said Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari, D-Cohoes, Albany County.
"I don't see that happening," Canestrari said. But he expects a lengthy closed-door Democratic meeting that could last into the night. Wednesday is the day Spitzer unveils his 2007-08 budget proposal, making it tough but not impossible to slate a vote.
"We have to meet to hash this out," Canestrari said. "There's lots of anger among members." Ya Think??????? and the Albany Times Union warns
Watch it, Mr. Silver "Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wouldn't dare snub three very qualified people recommended for state comptroller just so the job could go to one of his colleagues. Or would he?" The million dollar question right now....a lot of poker metaphors with this editorial....let me add one myself...who is really bluffing here??? the problem is....legally...Silver is holding the winning hand............and the New York Post thinks every legislative member is UNFIT FOR THE(COMPTROLLER'S) JOB ......this is typical post nonsense..but they did reveal Spitzer and Silver met for dinner last night...I wonder who wound up ordering "crow" as an the main course??? and the outcome of this cordial dining experience??? according to Fred Dicker SPITZ STICKS TO HIS GUNS IN SILVER WAR "Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Gov. Spitzer, at war over the selection of a new state controller, met last night, but were unable to hammer out a deal. " is anybody really surprised over this??? andy

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