East Side Hardball

We hear that some serious arm-twisting is being conducted on Giff‘s behalf at the moment among the well-bred members of the Lexington Democratic Club.

The outline, as we understand it, is that Gifford thought he had the club’s support until Fields partisans, led by Trudy Mason, starting engaging in the time-honored practice of packing the club with new, pro-Virginia members.

The club’s executive board is meeting tonight, with the former president of the club, John Mills, leading the push to set an earlier date for the endorsement meeting, in order to keep those new members off the books. It has gotten a bit, we’re told, “raucous.”

We also hear that Giff himself, along with Jonathan Bing and an aide to Rep. Carolyn Maloney, have been making calls and twisting arms. The folks at the Lex Club must be feeling rather important today.

East Side Hardball