New front in battle for state Senate
July 13th, 2012
Eighty-two-year-old Republican state Sen. Owen Johnson has indicated he will not seek reelection this year, throwing into doubt the balance of power in the Senate.
Democratic County Legislator Ricardo Montano will now face whomever the GOP establishment picks over weekend meetings, according to Newsday.
Last time around in the legislative soap opera, Senate Democrats looked to be positioned well to pick up and defend seats on Long Island until, well, they blew it in a pretty ugly way.
Democrats face an uphill battle this year as Republicans control the Senate 33-29 and also appear to have the loyalty of the Independent Senate Democrats, who have toyed with running incumbent Democrats in the primary and have met with at least one primary challenger to a long-term incumbent Democrat.By David King on July 13, 2012, 12:21 pm
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