Long Treats Joe Bruno Like Sheldon Silver

Either Joe Bruno is more liberal than we all thought, Eliot Spitzer is more conservative, or Conservative Party chairman Mike Long is just in a funny mood.

Here’s the text of a letter Long sent to Spitzer siding with him over Bruno on the budget.

“As difficult as your budget is, what the Republican controlled Senate is proposing, forces me to re-evaluate your proposals.

“We support your efforts to cut health-care. And we support your efforts to increase the number of Charter Schools in New York State.”

The full letter is after the jump.

UPDATE: Here is Jennifer Cunningham’s response to Long’s letter.
— Azi Paybarah

Bruno’s letter to Spitzer

William Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest “Misery acquaints a man with
strange bedfellows. and in 2007, I find myself in the exact same
position.

The New York State Conservative Party finds itself coming full
circle…we are back where we began in 1962. For years, we have been
aligned with the Republican Party in New York, but J. Daniel Mahoney
and Kieran O’Doherty, founded the Conservative Party because the
Republican Party had lost its way.

Governor Spitzer, I do not agree with most of your budget. You have
increased spending at levels that according to the Comptroller are
unsustainable. I believe there is fat in your budget and given the
opportunity, I would cut spending. If your future budgets continue at
the same rate of spending, New York could go bankrupt.

As difficult as your budget is, what the Republican controlled Senate
is proposing, forces me to re-evaluate your proposals.

We support your efforts to cut health-care. And we support your
efforts to increase the number of Charter Schools in New York State.
Both these areas of spending comprise the largest portions of New
York’s budget. We must get them under control and end the massive
amounts poured into health-care and education each year with very
little positive results.

Hopefully we can work together, this year.

Hopefully this will be the last budget that proposes spending at twice
the rate of inflation.

We may find that “strange bedfellows” will help bring New York back to
being the economic engine of the United States.

Long Treats Joe Bruno Like Sheldon Silver