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Silver talks of 'pure politics' of Senate coalition theories

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- Every so often, a politician in Albany can let it slip out how this town can operate.

Consider the theory by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. A story published on BuffaloNews.com earlier today about Silver's belief he will be cleared of any wrongdoing in the Assemblyman Vito Lopez scandal also included his thinking on some other matters -- and a choice quote on Albany dealmaking.

Regarding the Capitol chatter about some sort of coalition being created between a handful of Democrats and the Republicans in the Senate to help the GOP keep control if it does not win a final election contest in which vote counting is still underway, the Manhattan lawmaker dismissed the term "coalition'' and said any such decisions would be made based on "pure politics.''

Meaning?

"Meaning whatever offers the best to the most," Silver said.

[By way of background, Silver and Senator Jeff Klein, a Bronx Democrat who has talked of such a coalition, are not in each other's fan club.]

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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