Malcolm Smith’s Recipe for Chaos

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Take three guys with no financial loyalties to their new leader.

Add in some ethnic tension, and a wedge issue that divides your conference.

Add an ambitious billionaire.

Ignore a fundamental rule of political placation.

Only after the three wayward guys are satisfied, remember you have 28 other mouths to feed.

Realize that you'll be attacked on geographic lines.

And by good-government types, too.

Walk out of a press conference without talking about your deal, then be coy when you return to the podium.

Allow to stand for about a week and…

You get a realization that Senator Malcolm Smith has the worst job in Albany.

Malcolm Smith’s Recipe for Chaos