3:35 pm Oct. 1, 2012
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today said the State Senate Democrats must prove they're not children if they want to run the chamber again.
"I don't know what rational person would want to go back to those days," he said, referring to the tumultuous, coup-shortened period in which the Democrats controlled the Senate. "And before we go back there, they should get their house in order and figure out how to convince people that they would act as adults if they did."
Last week, news broke that Bloomberg had donated $1 million to Republican state senators in an effort to prevent the Democrats, who he said were an "embarrassment to this whole state," from re-taking control the legislative body in November.
The State Senate Republicans have often pursued an agenda at odds with Bloomberg's, but they have been supportive of him on some important matters, like his battles with the teachers union over evaluations.
Today, Ken Lovett reported that the state's teachers union, in turn, would spend "hundreds of thousands of dollars" to support the Senate Democrats, who are losing the money race and who control only 29 seats in the Senate, to the Republicans' 33. (Four of those Democrats have broken away to form their own caucus.)
At a press conference this afternoon at Boxee's Chelsea headquarters, a reporter asked Bloomberg if he thought the teacher's union donation to the Democrats would impact education in New York City.
"They obviously do or they wouldn't do it," said Bloomberg, explaining the transactional nature of electoral politics. "Why would they give the money if they didn't think that it would have the legislators that they are supporting vote their way? That's the reason I gave the money."
On at least one occasion when the Democrats were in charge of the Senate, they told Bloomberg not to bother asking for help, since he had given to their opponents.
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