An Introduction — Détente With Democrats: The Golden Prince
We all have some friends we’re not proud of. Often times, we just don’t have the heart to let them go.
But for State Senator Marty Golden, some of his friends are raising serious eyebrows, especially in light of recent events in Albany this past summer.
We all know that there are backroom deals in this state. It’s sad. The fact is that politics in our state has never been in a worse place. However, it matters to the Brooklyn GOP whether we still have a soul and what our politicians are doing behind the scenes, especially when money is involved.
And so, I have decided to enter into the world of dark Democratic dealings with Republicans. Since our attention has been pointed in his direction recently, I am currently examining the records of Sen. Marty Golden (aka “the Golden Prince”) and his connections with various Democrats in the state. While one sympathizes that times are tough for the GOP in New York, that is no excuse to enter into secret deals with Democrats at the expense of our fellow Republicans. Whether any deals have been made has yet to be demonstratively proven. I will be reporting more on the alleged deals and connections later on, but I noticed one particular donation from Friends of Marty Golden that got me angry the other day, and which introduced me to this topic.
Visiting the Board of Election’s website, I was reading the numerous expenditures and donations given and received by Golden. The Golden Prince has give money to ESPADA FOR THE PEOPLE, $1000 just in the past year.
That’s right. THE Pedro Espada. The hombre who helped hijack our state, flip-flopped like a pancake and embarrassed our government and our party in front a national audience. Pedro Espada the Democrat.
What is going on here?
Why does the Republican’s Golden Prince want to be involved with the Democrat’s craftiest Flip-Flopper-in-Chief?
It reminded me of a story I read about robocalls being sent out by the Democrats in June in Marty’s district. They said: “Our state Senator, Marty Golden, voted to elect Pedro Espada, an indicted Democrat from the Bronx to lead the Senate and to be next in line for governor!? What was Golden thinking?”
Here’s the story from June:
ALBANY, N.Y. — Democrats are now taking their case to the public. They want Pedro Espada out and are using emails and robocalls in what Espada calls a racial attack.“Pedro Espada’s campaign was convicted of stealing from the elderly to pay for his campaigns and was just accused of trying to steal millions of taxpayer dollars through bogus non-profits!”Robocalls like that were sent to Republican districts in all corners of New York State by the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee.“Our state Senator, Marty Golden, voted to elect Pedro Espada, an indicted Democrat from the Bronx to lead the Senate and to be next in line for governor!? What was Golden thinking?”But defecting Democrat Pedro Espada said the calls were not only incorrect, he is not under indictment at the moment, but he said they’re simply racist.“There is no question that when you are going to target Senator Golden’s district and indicate to them, in so many words, that what he is do is supporting a criminal, someone under indictment, totally false, but moreover, labeling it the Bronx guy. You know, we all know what that translates to, regrettably. So that’s what’s going on,” Espada said.Espada said they discussed the political attack in the private leaders’ meeting Thursday.“It’s just sophomoric, it’s irresponsible, and the people in the room apologized for all,” Espada said.But Smith and Sampson wouldn’t respond to questions about whether the calls were racially charged. They also wouldn’t say whether they would stop the robocalls and barrage of emails from democratic Senators calling for Espada’s removal from any leadership role he thinks he has.“There’s really no comment on that. We’re all statesmen, and I expressed that we’re all statesmen, and we will conduct ourselves in a statesmen-like manner and that was the end of the issue,” said Sampson.A spokesman for the DSCC said he can’t say who ordered the robocalls, but as of Thursday evening, there’s been no order to stop them.“We need him to stop the nonsense. Get rid of Pedro Espada and get back to work.”But other Democratic senators stand by their statements, saying it’s just not good governing if Espada is Senate president pro temp, saying a true power sharing agreement would mean each conference gets to choose their leader, not have it dictated to them.“Can’t we even choose our own Democrat?” asked Liz Krugar. “We have to make sure that Pedro Espada is not two breaths away from becoming the governor.”Espada said he will not take the attack laying down. He said he intends to file a lawsuit against the DSCC, saying it’s a shame that people in his own party would use such racially divisive tactics.
I don’t know. Does something smell a little fishy to you?
It does to me.
Don’t forget what was going on at the time of the coup. Senator Golden praised it as bringing about the potential for new change and reform in our state. It didn’t quite do that… Here’s the Senator’s comments from a New York Post story in June:
“This is about reform,” State Senator Martin Golden told this paper. “This is about trying to move the state in the right direction.”
On Monday, Senators Pedro Espada, Jr. of the Bronx and Hiram Monserrate of Queens joined with the Republicans is a surprise vote to claim the chamber’s majority. Neither Espada nor Monserrate changed party affiliation, but their votes helped swing the 32″’30 vote to make Long Island Sen. Dean Skelos the new majority leader, restoring a Republican stronghold of the Senate that had stood for three decades prior to January.
Queens Democratic majority leader Malcolm Smith blasted the vote as “scurrilous,” saying Democrats had already closed the session before the vote was held. A legal challenge could be forthcoming, and Democrats have vowed to retake the chamber.
Golden said he’s confident the coup will stick. “It’s whoever has the 32 votes “” I don’t care what court you go to, anybody who can count knows that.”
Moreover, he continued, Democrats should have seen the vote coming. “It’s a shame,” Golden said. “It’s almost like they knew their time would be short, and they tried to shove everything through in four to five months.”
A Democratic focus on social issues, like gay marriage, has no bearing on the lives of upstate or downstate New Yorkers. “The liberal agenda was pushed too far, and not enough went into what are the key issues in the state of New York: taxes and jobs,” Golden said.
He said issues like gay marriage should be up to the voters, by referendum, rather than for the Senate to decide.
“[Democrats] tax everything that’s possible,” Golden asserted. “The only thing they haven’t taxed is the air you breathe.”
Instead of raising taxes, the Bay Ridge lawmaker said the new bipartisan coalition plans to “tighten our belts, make cuts, and live according to our means.”
Whatever the reason for The Golden Prince’s support of Espada before the coup, it is clear that Brooklyn Republicans have a sorry history of getting involved with Democrats at the expense of its own party’s potential.
And so now I embark on this quest to discover the allegations, the facts, and hopefully the truth on just exactly what détentes with Democrats have been made in our borough. Keep reading Atlas to learn more, my friends.
The truth is out there. We will find it.