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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Quinning of Lopez?

Vito Committing Committee Commitments

Last week's Crain's Insider reported that Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez might be aiming squarely for the top committee chairmanships in lieu of the Speakership post. Such a deal may not bode well for either Brooklyn Speaker candidates, Bill de Blasio or Lew Fidler; and could ultimately prove most beneficial to Manhattanite Speaker wanna-be Christine Quinn.

The Insider also reported that Council Members-elect Inez Dickens, Dan Garodnick, Jessica Lappin and Rosie Mendez have already pledged their allegiances to Quinn as well.

Tis true? We shall see...

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand why it makes sense for Quinn to be speaker. If she becomes speaker, it only open up the health chair. Whereas if Weprin or Katz become speaker, it open up the powerful land-use and finance committees, and many others will have a chance to move up.

12:17 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That isn't how it works: The Majority Leader and the Speaker draft the committee assignments after the Speaker's election. There can be, and likely will be, wholesale reassigning of members to Chairmanships. For instance, if Quinn gets Speaker it is possible Katz won't remain Land Use Chair. Conversely if Katz gets it Quinn will not neccessarily be Chair of the Health Comm.

3:03 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes I understand that, but you gotta figure Manton isn't going to let his people (Weprin and Katz in specific) get demotions. Therefore, Quinn makes no sense. If Weprin gets the nod, De Blasio or Fiddler can move into the finance chair, making Vito a happy camper. Melinda, Leroy, and Joel keep their current posts, and Quinn gets Deputy Majority leader along with her Health, which is a promotion for her as well. Everyone involved is happy (at least somewhat). Tihs just makes sense.

7:30 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys couldn't put a deal together in a game of poker.

11:31 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ONLY WEPRIN MAKES SENSE. PLUS HE'S BEEN SEEN WITH LOPEZ ALOT LATELY.

3:58 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the exception of anon 11:31, non of you have a clue. If Melinda were to win, Chris would keep her Chair. It would be the same the other way around. Neither of them would lose their committees if someone else were to rise to the top. That would all be part of the deal. Highly unlikely they would be replaced. Only one Chair runs the risk of losing their seat and that is Weprin. If Queens goes with Comrie or Katz, they would most likely have to sacrifice Finance to make that happen. It would be nearly impossible to keep three committees and the Speakership.

8:24 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

except, stupid, Queens will never choose Comrie or Katz. The only way Weprin would lose his seat is if it were given to brooklyn and Weprin were made speaker.

6:24 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No STUPID, that is not the only way. The Speaker is Finance. It is the one sacrifice that can be made where you would not lose anything. How much control do you think a finance chair actually has? Who do you think actually controls the Finance committee? The Chair? Think again genius.

9:27 PM

 
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