Lopez Responds

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Brooklyn County Democratic Leader Vito Lopez just told me Eliot Spitzer should think “carefully” about his threat to campaign against incumbent legislators, warning that there would be “ramifications” if he did.

Here’s what he said:

“The governor or any other public official has the right to challenge or get involved in elections statewide. If that did occur, like any other act, there will be ramifications of such actions. He has the right to get involved, and that is something he should look at carefully. Such an action also has other kinds of reactions.”

Asked to elaborate, he said, “Challenging Democrats in Democratic primaries, I believe from a party perspective, would be something very serious and would not be treated very kindly by the Democratic leadership in the state.”

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“It’s up to the governor to work out a working relationship with the legislature. It’s the governor’s call now where and how he wants to play out yesterday’s actions. I believe it would be sensible for him to engage with the legislature and individual legislators in order to obtain his agenda. He does need to realize there will be times when we disagree with him and that we have a role in creating statewide policy, and that’s his challenge.”

— Azi Paybarah

Lopez Responds