“Hey Eric, Stop Taking Credit for My Victory”

That’s what Dan Cantor, Working Families Party chieftain, shouted across the floor at the Sheraton to State Senator Eric Schneiderman. In jest, sort of.

They’d been asked about the question roiling some in leftish political circles: Who should get credit for what’s probably the most meaningful policy change in the state this year: raising the minimum wage by $2, to $7.15 an hour?

For Working Families, the victory was proof that they have the most effective political machine in the state, one that forced Republican Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno to cut a deal with them. To the Democrats, Bruno only dealt because he was feeling the heat on his members, which Democratic candidates were generating.

It’s a rift among allies worth watching.

“Hey Eric, Stop Taking Credit for My Victory”