Democratic Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr. of the Bronx says there us a budget that needs to be passed, and he doesn’t think it is important if Eliot Spitzer is around to pass it or not.
“We’re still going to move forward,” Diaz, told me just now. “Either this governor or Governor David Paterson is going to sign the budget. There has to be a budget,” he said, reminding me that it is due on April 1.
I asked why he and more of his colleagues haven’t taken the position that Spitzer needs to stay in office in order to accomplish the Democrat’s legislative goals.
“Understand,” Diaz said, “that the fact of the matter is very few of us have a personal relationship with the governor. Many of us agree with him philosophically and ideologically, but we really haven‘t had a long-standing, working relationship with him.”