New York State Senate control remains in flux after the leader of a breakaway group of four Democratic senators has said he favors creating a coalition with Republicans.
State Sen. Jeffrey Klein leads the Independent Democratic Conference, which has three other members. Though all Democrats, the group has maintained that they might caucus with either party. With Democrats currently holding 30 seats to the GOP's 31 -- and with the outcome of two races still undetermined -- the group's final decision will be key in determining who holds Senate control.
The New York Times:
But the coalition they're proposing would actually put neither party in control.
"We had a deeply dysfunctional legislatiure the last time the Senate Democrats were in control," said Eric Soufer, the communications director at the Independent Democratic Conference, in an interview. "That's a significant motivating factor for our members to pursue a bipartisan coalition governing structure in the Senate this time around."
But that doesn't mean they want to put Republicans in control, either, but rather that the group wants to continue existing with neither Democrats or Republicans holding a majority.
"We have a laser-like focus on making our conference a permant conference and governing with that in mind," he said.
And Klein made similar comments, saying that "the rules of the Senate is what governs what we do every day. And we can do something, I think, very bold, very creative, something that I think is going to work very well in the New York state Senate by creating a third conference, the Independent Democratic Conference, as a permanent conference in the rules."
Stay tuned -- with two outstanding races remaining uncalled and in the process of recounts, the Republicans could still hold the majority outright by winning one of them.