Spitzer: "I need Craig Johnson in the Senate"
If Craig Johnson wins the special election in Nassau County, the balance of power in the State Senate will shift in the Democrats' favor:
Balboni's departure left Bruno with a majority of 33-28 in the Senate -- which would go to 33-29 if Johnson wins. That would put Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith just two victories away from becoming majority leader (with Lt. Gov. David Paterson breaking a 31-31 tie.)
That's why Governor Spitzer is pulling out all the stops on his behalf.
“I need Craig Johnson in the State Senate to help bring real reform to Albany, property tax relief to the people of Nassau County and a responsive government to all New Yorkers," was the full quote from Spitzer in Johnson's press release. "Craig is a voice for the common-sense changes we need. He will be a great State Senator.”
Spitzer will be attending a fundraiser for Craig Johnson tonight at the (unfortunately named) Prey in Manhattan.
Raise New York
Thursday, February 1st, 2007, 6 PM to 9 PM
4 West 22nd Street, New York City
Suggested donation: $50.00
Rumor has it that there may be other special guests at the function.
I'll be covering the event for the blog.