State Sen. John Sampson has had a rough week. Senate Democrats chose state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins instead of Sampson as their minority leader in a surprising 19-6 vote on Monday.
The next day state Sen. Kevin Parker trounced him in the 2012 Stars of New York Dance contest at Long Island University’s Kumble Theater in Brooklyn.
Sampson reportedly spent several hours practicing his choreography but looked a step slow and was no match for Parker, who unleashed a torrent of old school hip-hop steps to Doug E. Fresh, LL Cool J, and Salt ‘n’ Pepa songs that brought the crowd to its feet and Sampson to his knees.
Parker was gracious in victory. “It always feels good to win,” he said. “We found a way to turn this ugly duckling into a swan.”
Parker said he did not cast a vote in the leadership race because he couldn’t make the meeting but said Stewart-Cousins matches the ideological goals of the conference. “I’m sure the senator is disappointed, everyone likes to win, but if it is going to be somebody else, Andrea is a great choice,” he said.
Sampson left the theater after the judges declared Parker the winner and could not be reached for comment.
Check out Sampson’s dance moves here, http://bit.ly/TyG57n, and Parker’s hip hop stylings here, http://bit.ly/UDvx6c.
UPDATE ON THE VOTE: The internal vote was 19-6. 25 people voted, but Parker did not cast a ballot.