Peter Vallone Jr., one of the most conservative members of the City Council, downplays the news that his colleagues are forming a Progressive Caucus.
“The Council forming a progressive caucus is like American Idol forming a singers caucus,” he said.
The Times, which first reported plans for the creation of the Progressive Caucus, noted that it’s the first one to form around an ideology, rather than regional or demographic similarity.
But what exactly the Progressive Caucus does to distinguish itself from the Council’s general membership is another matter. How do they flex their muscle?
Remember, the Black Latino and Asian Caucus, which is made up of more than half the City Council members, hasn’t even been able to get the mayor to meet with them.