11:52 am Feb. 23, 2012
Governor Andrew Cuomo sees an inconsistency among the Democrats who are complaining about the redistricting process, but say they'll vote for the lines anyway.
"I'm dying to see how they vote for the other house's lines at the same time that they're so critical and outraged, but I'm sure they'll figure that out conveniently," Cuomo said on Fred Dicker's show this morning.
Democrats in the Assembly maintain a hefty majority and, as a result, have few complaints about the new district lines that were drawn by leaders in the lower chamber. But Democrats in the State Senate are currently mired in the minority, and have objected rather vehmently to the maps drawn by Senate Republicans, who are seeking to protect their narrow majority despite a massive disadvantage in voter registration.
So far, Assembly Democrats aren't doing much to help Senate Democrats. And Cuomo isn't feeling too sorry for them either.
"When you were in power, why didn't you pass it? Why didn't you sign redistricting?" Cuomo wondered, echoing a familiar charge from Republicans in the Senate.
Dicker chimed in to note that Senate Democrats "had two years" in the majority.
"Yeah," Cuomo added, "because they were in power. They conveniently forget that. Now, Senate Democrats want me to veto that. Well, why don't you go to your buddies in the Assembly and say, 'We're all Democrats, don't vote for it.'"