Updated with more information
Manhattan Young Democrats are grumbling over the new power sharing agreement between Senate Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference, whose members they supported in the past. But several members said the group would never cross state Sen. David Carlucci, whom they helped win election victories the past two cycles.
“Carlucci is one of us,” said one member during the group’s holiday party on Wednesday night, adding that the group may consider directing resources to upending Senators Jeff Klein and Malcolm Smith if a primary occurs in two years.
Manhattan Young Democrats spokeswoman Kat Kane said her members have “serious doubts” about the power-sharing arrangement and whether legislators would pass minimum wage and campaign finance reform legislation this term.
“It’s certainly not what we envisioned when we worked to elect David Carlucci in 2010,” Kane said. “That said, we won’t know what to make of it until we see results.”
The organization, as a chartered member of the state party, can’t endorse in primaries. Its members have chosen to work for candidates independently, however, and many volunteers work on state Sen. Gustavo Rivera’s successful campaign defeating state Sen. Pedro Espada in 2010. Manhattan Young Democrats also mobilized efforts for issue campaigns including marriage equality and will likely mobilize for minimum wage efforts this cycle.
Carlucci did not attend the group’s holiday party at Black Door in Chelsea
, but Manhattan Borough President hopefuls Julie Menin and Jessica Lappin, State Senators-elect Brad Hoylman and George Latimer, Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, Councilwoman Gale Brewer, Senate candidate Justin Wagner, and District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar were spotted throughout the evening.