Primary election proves tough for former IDC membersPosted: Updated:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo sailed to victory Thursday along with a number of other hopefuls who defeated former members of the so-called Independent Democratic Conference.
At a news conference Friday, Cuomo stated he was the true progressive in the race.
Another big winner of the night was Pelham attorney Alessandra Biaggi, who upset longtime incumbent state Sen. Jeff Klein in the 34th District.
Klein, whose Senate district covers southern Westchester and the Bronx, is one of the most powerful politicians in Albany and the leader of a small group of breakaway Democrats who called themselves the Independent Democratic Conference. The IDC gained power and criticism by caucusing Republicans, effectively handing control over to them. The conference disbanded in April.
Biaggi is one of six Democratic progressives who defeated the generally more centrist former IDC members.
"The only way to change the status quo is new leadership, new ideas and optimism," says Biaggi. "We entered the race that way and we won that way."
Sen. David Carlucci is one of just two former IDC members to survive the primary and he is now pledging his allegiance to the Democratic party. He says he now sees the importance of Democrats working in unison.