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What Do You Think of Felder's Party Switch?

Though elected as a Democrat, Senator Simcha Felder will caucus with Republicans.

 

Though only elected to represent the newly formed District 17 a week ago Tuesday, Senator Simcha Felder already made waves with a decision to switch political teams and caucus with the GOP. 

“I have enormous respect for the senators from both parties, but I must choose to caucus with those senators who will best serve the communities I represent,” Mr. Felder told the New York Times.

Felder, who ran on the Democrat and Conservative Parties lines and went on to beat Republican incumbent David Storobin, had said he would stand with the party he felt best served the needs of the district. He announced his decision to caucus with the GOP after meeting with Senate majority leader Dean Skelos, R-Long Island, the Times said.

While the news was not entirely unexpected, the question still remains: how do you, the voters feel about the switch? Sound off in the comments below.  

Bkforman November 14, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I think it is pretty screwed up actually. Bait and switch!
Joe Marenfeld November 15, 2012 at 01:02 AM
He needs to be recalled. He lied about his affiliations and got elected under false pretenses.
Joe Marenfeld November 15, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Oy! Simcha..so what would your mother say ?
Rob Friedman November 15, 2012 at 01:48 AM
He should give back his Bar Mitzvah money. He"s now a gonef.
Sandra Abramson November 15, 2012 at 11:41 AM
I am very glad that, in this instance, I did not vote for the Senate position. I could not bring myself to vote for Felder on either of his lines. I have always found him to be untrustworthy as well as someone with whose politics I seriously disagreed. His defection only proves me right! I agree that we should recall him.
Michael H. November 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM
As with most politicians, "They all disappoint you!" However, Felder takes it a step further...What chutzpah! Recall the b#@&*rd.
Mark L November 15, 2012 at 03:50 PM
He should be indicted / charged with fraud....but Hynes doesn't have to coconuts to do it
Michael H. November 16, 2012 at 05:25 AM
He claims that the Republican party best represents the people whom he serves. So how come the Republican candidate wasn't elected?
Michael H. November 16, 2012 at 05:26 AM
I would like him to identify what he believes are the "needs of the district."
JayfromBrooklyn November 20, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Since I voted for him on the Conservative line, I am very happy with this.
Michael H. November 20, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I woud like to see what percentage of the vote he got on each line, Democratic and Conservative. If most of the votes were on the Democratic line, which I would imagine they are, then Felder should represent those who put him in office.

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