With the news that Cory Booker will stab his fellow Democrats in the back by supporting a 2.5% property tax cap constitutional amendment, http://www.politickernj.com/ma… , it seems pretty clear that those in a position of leadership in Democratic state politics are the most conservative lot since the 1950s. They are DINOs/Republicrats.
This not a first for Cory Booker, aka, the Brett Schundler of Newark:
In addition to Mr. Lesniak, the bill enjoys the support of Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat, who is appearing in a commercial promoting it this month.
The bill being, the diversion of public funds to private and parochial schools bill. Pushed by another Republicrat, Ray Lesniak. Who held a rally, masquerading as a hearing, in favor of it. Where opponents were shut out. Just as he did with S-1, the Repeal Mt. Laurel bill, which is Lesniak’s pride and joy. Yet, this miscreant has the nerve to say, in the WSJ article quoted above:
Lesniak, who calls himself the “most liberal Democrat” in the Senate
If by liberal, he means conservative, then he might be right. But he’d have to compete with Senate president Steve Sweeney, who might be the most anti-union elected official who holds a union card since Ronald Reagan. His war against, and demonization of, state workers has been going on for quite a while now.
You also have the Essex County executive, Joe DiVincenzo, last seen holding hands with Chris Christie.
And last heard declaring that he agreed with Christie 95% of the time.
The only statewide or county leader to represent Democrats, as opposed to Republicrats, is Shelia Oliver. Yet, no one ever heard of her before last year, when she was picked out of obscurity to be speaker, in a rancid political deal between Sweeney and Lesniak to dump Dick Cody (remember him?). She is not a legislative heavyweight, and carries little weight, at least so far, in the media.
This is the depressing landscaping facing Democrats, especially progressive Democrats, in this state. Perhaps it’s time for a progressive version of the teabaggers to let the Democratic leadership in Trenton and elsewhere know that we are not happy, and that they are not safe in their seats.