Here's a local story which comes as no surprise to followers of New York State politics... state senator Jeff Klein has been accused of sexual misconduct by a former senate employee. Klein is the head of a group known as the Independent Democratic Conference, a coterie of assholes who campaign as Democrats but caucus with Republicans. In instances in which we can't have nice things in the state, it is due to these assholes. Tellingly, Klein represents a senate district which has been gerrymandered to a fare-thee-well in order to group together every white voter in the Bronx.
My state senator, George Latimer, was recently elected County Executive, beating the Republican incumbent, so the seat is vacant, but the neighboring district is represented by the wonderful Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the leader of the state senate's Democratic caucus:
It will be interesting to see how the good senator, an eloquent proponent of the 'MeToo' movement, will deal with Klein after these allegations. The real victory would be getting rid of Klein, who is now being challenged by a primary candidate who describes himself as a real Democrat. Just before the allegations against Klein were made public, a woman also decided to throw her hat in the ring, but the Democratic establishment denied putting her up to it. Hopefully, the allegations against Klein will be the factor that knocks him out of the Senate, where he has been an impediment to progress.