Mike Kelly has this imaginative column in today’s Bergen Record, in which he attempts to explain why Corzine brokered last week’s deal between BCDO Chairman Joseph Ferriero and State Senator Loretta Weinberg. He comes up with everything being tied to presidential politics, namely Corzine’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton:
This [deal] would ordinarily be good news for Hillary Clinton because Weinberg’s coalition would probably favor her in most cases. But it may be better news for Obama, who is more leftist than Clinton and possibly even more appealing to Weinberg’s supporters.
I’m not convinced. The snippet above seems to indicate no clear benefit for Clinton. Also, there is a certain benefit in party unity going into the primaries; similar unresolved squabbles left the Bergen Republicans without viable candidates last year, and their local organization in turmoil.
However, you’ll recall that a month ago, Corzine had this to say:
“It’s a different situation this time,” he said. “I have tended to choose not to get into party fights. I think Loretta Weinberg is an outstanding senator.”
Why the change of heart? Was it simply that, with the writing on the wall for Ferriero (in the form of early polling data), it was easier to forge a compromise? Or was it something more conspiratorial, as Mr. Kelly is suggesting?