Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Reaching out or keeping down?

Eliot Spitzer has announced that he is picking Republican State Senator Michael Balboni to serve as his senior security official. Spitzer is painting the choice as an act of bipartisanship but under the covers it appears it’s just another one of Spitzer’s crafty moves to keep handing Democrats complete control over the State.

Senator Balboni’s appointment will create a vacancy in the Senate that will need to be decided in a special election. With Democrat momentum still strong it’s a perfect time for Democrats to take a seat in the Republican controlled State Senate.

Eliot Spitzer can position the choice anyway he wants but the reality is that there was no way forcing a special election in a Republican held seat did not come into play.