Democratic Assemblyman Thinks Governor Gave G.O.P. ‘New Life’

Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, a Democrat from the Bronx, says that Eliot Spitzer has done some major damage to the Democrats’ chances of taking over the state Senate.

“I know it’s probably going to be problematic next year, when it comes to making the effort to finally take over the state Senate,” he told me. “I think probably over the last, probably, ten months, he’s given the Senate Republicans new life. I mean, they can now argue to their constituencies in upstate New York that you need to have Republican state Senators to maintain some level of balance and oversight so you don’t have Democrats running amok all across the state when you have a Democratic Assembly, a Democratic state Senate and a Democratic governor.”