The state Senate Democrats -- now back in power after making a deal with Pedro Espada -- got together for a press conference this afternoon to talk about everything that went down. And we gotta say, some of their comments were almost unbelievable.
So here are eight quotes that made us go "What?! Seriously?!" Just a warning -- these comments may make your head explode.
The new lineup
president pro tem
"These last 30 days we had ... a lot of time to reflect on some of our strengths and weaknesses. But, yet, and still, we were all adult enough to make sure we came together to do the people's business."
- Malcolm Smith
"When my granddaughter ... was seeing all the negative press about me, about the institution, about my colleagues, about this process... she called me one late night -- a very bright 13 year old -- and was asking if I could explain this to her. And explaining it to her meant explaining it everyone who was looking. But this naive, innocent soul touched my heart. And I explained to her not to judge me, or us, in that moment, but to look at the results of our actions. The results of our actions she will be very proud of today. The 19.5 [million] people will learn to be proud of this accomplishment today."
- Pedro Espada
"It's often been said that some of the strongest steel is forged in the hottest fire. Well, one month and one day a go this conference and the entire state Senate was put to the test. And today as we announce a once-again Democratic majority in the state Senate, we have passed that test and exceeded the highest expectations."
- Carl Kruger
"Before I say anything, I have to wish a very happy birthday to Irene Liu. Happy birthday, Irene."
- Ruben Diaz
(Diaz then stopped the press conference to sing two rounds of Happy Birthday, one for Irene and another for a Senate staffer. We are not making this up.*)
"I have grown to admire Pedro Espada even that much more for the tremendous tenacity and grit that he showed facing tremendous opposition."
- Hiram Monserrate
"Over the six weeks that I collaborated with Republican Senators to have a really intense conversation about how they felt being in the minority. I've been in the minority all my life. My colleagues understand that the disproportionality of resources has hurt our communities and generations of people in our communities. That was a lesson they didn't understand ... So, I've stepped right into their reality, they've stepped right into mine. And through me the realities of inner city children, families on public assistance, they're jobless not just for a day or week or as product of a bad recession, but because of generations of joblessness and school dropouts. That's not a lesson and reality that they really understood. They now understand that much, much better."
- Pedro Espada
"The truth is that I am none of those things. The truth is that my colleagues know that. And the truth is that we've put that behind us."
- Pedro Espada, referring to the accusations Democrats made that he was a liar and a scofflaw
"This has never been about titles. Obviously."
- Pedro Espada
* We have nothing against Irene. We hear that she's an absolutely lovely person. But right in the middle of this press conference? Seriously?
screengrab: NY Senate
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