Daily New and Capital Confidential are both carrying it, so rather than recreate the wheel here are some highlights from the DN.
For all the fuss that the Conservative party is making over Dede, her voting record shows she votes with the upstate Republican leader of the Assembly conference - Jim Tedisco 93% and now Brian Kolb 94% of the time.
BUT our Senator Aubertine voted with downstate leader Malcolm Smith ALL the time.
"Senate Democrats voted with Temporary President Malcolm Smith 99.7 percent of the time, with Sens. Aubertine, Foley, Onorato, Oppenheimer, Savino, Schneiderman, Stachowski and Valesky always voting with Smith."
...Foley, Aubertine, Stachowski and even Valesky (although slightly less than the others) are all marginals, so their loyalty to the leadership is noteworthy. Foley, in particular, was forced to take some bad votes this year due to the 32-30 split in the chamber. (The MTA payroll tax, for which he is now under fire, comes to mind)."It is a stretch to say Dede is liberal based on that voting record.
And certainly a stretch to claim Darrel Aubertine is independent or one of us, it is always politics before people.
All eyes are focused on this farm labor bill, which as Ag Chair he is unable to stop.