If you thought Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans’ attacks on healthcare and LGBT rights would prompt New York Democrats to stand together in opposition, think again.
The New York State Democratic Committee (the body that directs the state party) met this week and, of course, there was infighting. Progressives pushed through a resolution condemning the Independent Democratic Conference, which helps Republicans control the State Senate. The resolution blasts the IDC for enabling “draconian Republican leadership” and accusing them of having “thwarted any real progressive agenda.” The IDC fired back at the “small band of misfits who continue to talk to each other in echo chambers and refuse to acknowledge that the party of Roosevelt, Kennedy and Clinton no longer has the ability to communicate with working-class voters.”
Meanwhile, in New York City, the Village Independent Democrats called on Manhattan Democratic Party Leader Keith Wright to resign. Wright, a former Assemblymember from Harlem, now works for a lobbying firm, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP and critics think that’s a conflict of interests.
And Brooklyn’s Democratic County Committee had a heated meeting last night, with reformers affiliated with the New Kings Democrats club and the party establishment arguing over rule changes. Watch the highlights of the meeting:
NB: Keith Wright is a former client. The Kings County Democratic County Committee is a current client.