Shelly Silver is often accused of being less than helpful in creating other, potentially rival, Democratic power bases.
We’ll be interested in whether anybody gets a hold of him today to talk about Freddy‘s big new proposal, a stock transfer tax that will make Wall Street, as Ferrer happily predicted, “howl.” (Randi called it “bold,” the Ferrer-campaign word for the day.)
The plan to reinstate a fraction of the old tax would have to be passed by the Assembly and Senate, and cold words from Shelly would be a real blow to the Ferrer plan.
You’ll get lots of substance in tomorrow’s papers no doubt. On the matter of style, the oddly-lit press conference at Pace (Freddy had a Powerpoint presentation projected onto his face) featured a nice culture clash: Chad Clanton tries to explain that an unnameable policy director is not to be named in print, and Rafael Martinez Alequin tries to explain to Chad that, while he has no problem with Texans, this kind of thing won’t do on his turf.