Reality Check


State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx, Westchester), who heads the state senate Democrats’ campaign organization, should get props for the most appropriate reaction to the trouble Gov. Paterson finds himself in and his decision to suspend his campaign.  From the Journal News’ Politics on the Hudson blog:

State Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, who also represents parts of Yonkers, Mount Vernon and several other communities in Westchester, issued a statement earlier today about the troubles facing Gov. David Paterson.

“It is unfortunate that at a time when our state is in the midst of a severe economic crisis and we need to direct our energy to putting New York’s fiscal house in order, we are embroiled in chatter about who will or will not be on the ballot nine months from now. We need to keep our eye on the ball. I’m focused on the budget and finding ways in which we can better protect the people’s money, put more tax dollars back in people’s pockets and restore the financial health of our state. Political conversations can be had after we’ve met our obligations and responsibilities to New Yorkers.”