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Monday, October 29, 2007

Serrano and the Politics of Spitzer's Drivers License Plan

Talk about team players. State Senator Jose Serrano has been one of the most outspoken legislative supporters of Governor Spitzer's plan to provide driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, even going on CNN to serve as Lou Dobbs' punching bag.

Spitzer scaled back the plan over the weekend, making new enemies out of his staunchest immigrant supporters. Serrano is disappointed, but he refuses to take issue publicly with his fellow Democrat. According to Liz Benjamin at the Daily Politicker, Serrano was one of those invited to breakfast with Spitzer yesterday.

And while he differs with Spitzer's shift on the issue, he wouldn't be drawn into a public fight, lest it give ammo to Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno in his all-out war with the governor.

"I let him know that I can't change my position, I won't change my position," Serrano said. "But I'm not going to bash the governor. I'm not going to engage in a public fight. That's exactly what (Senate Majority Leader Joseph) Bruno wants us to do.

1 comment:

  1. Of course he has to be against anything that gives anything other than the world to illegal immigrants. He's a politician in the Bronx. The Bronx is a free-for all anyway, hence the high crime rates and lackluster police enforcement of laws.

    I live in the Bronx, and I am against licenses, welfare, and other socially-funded benefits for illegal immigrants. I also voted against Fernando Ferrer. Such is life.

    The politicians can try to disregard the wishes of the taxpaying citizens. But when you consider that they're also your money base (for election funding and to being business and income into depressed areas), you can't disregard them for long.


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