Elizabeth Benjamin reports in the NY Daily News on a conversation she had with New York state senator Pedro Espada Jr. and a plan he floated that could plausibly derail the marriage equality vote:
"Espada suggested linking the marriage bill, which Gov. David Paterson has put on the calendar for Tuesday's session, with the farm workers' rights bill that he (and the DN) have been championing for some time."Sen. Pedro Espada is linking the two, and I am writing to the governor, dismayed as I am that migrant workers is not on, and I think there's probably more support for that," the majority leader told me, lapsing into that rather odd habit he has of referring to himself in the third person.
For those trying to get a read on whether the marriage bill will come up for a vote Tuesday, this cannot come as good news. It seems to be that Espada is setting himself up with an out should the bill come to the floor - or, at the very least, an excuse for voting 'no'.
It's going to be touch and go on marriage until right up to the moment the Senate Democrats come into the chamber on Tuesday. In fact, it's possible they might simply gavel in and gavel out again without doing anything at all, depending on where negotiations stand.
Video of Espada, AFTER THE JUMP...
VIDEO: Governor David Paterson Discusses Marriage Equality Bill [tr]