More fun in the New York Senate, which would be the laughingstock of America sans Arizona and Utah!Apparently Senator Parker’s background is a colorful addendum to the infamous antics of NY pols – being known for a quick temper and facility to engage in fisticuffs with Meter Maids and members of the media.
In his latest off-the-wall behavior, hothead Sen. Kevin Parker Wednesday morning accused Senate Republicans – and even some Democrats – of being white supremacists.Parker updated his Facebook status, saying he was “in Albany fighting the evil of White Supremacy!”And Parker, who exploded in a fury during a public committee meeting Tuesday, defended his outburst during a radio interview as “par for the course of what we have to do up in Albany fighting the forces of evil.”
Asked by Daily News columnist and WWRL host Errol Louis what the forces of evil were, Parker said, “these long-term white supremacist Republican senators.”
He accused the GOP of not being able to handle losing the Senate majority and now having blacks, Latinos, women and gays running the chamber as part of the Democratic majority.
“They have a real problem with that and because of that they do things that are very very inappropriate,” Parker said.
Republicans immediately hit back, saying the Democrats need to reign in their out-of-control colleague – and threatened to launch a formal censure.
In discussing an affirmative action program, DeFrancisco told O’Luck someone doesn’t have to be black to walk in someone’s shoes.
Parker called the line of questioning racist, even though three of his Democratic colleagues – Ruben Diaz, committee chairman Carl Kruger, and David Valesky – said they didn’t believe DeFrancisco was out of line.
On Wednesday, Parker said he does not regret his two-minute loud fist-pounding tirade.
“I went to Albany not to make friends, I went to Albany to represent my district and to bring justice to that place,” he said.
He said issues important to minority groups don’t get addressed in the Legislature “because you have a lot of white supremacists who are sitting there, and John DeFrancisco is one of them.”
Skelos said Parker should look “within himself to see how he is embarrassing the institution.” Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Queens) said Parker, who is under felony indictment for assaulting a news photographer, “is self destructing.”
Parker didn’t stop with his attacks on Republicans.
He also charged that some of his Democratic colleagues are white supremacists, though he didn’t name names.
And he lit into Sen. Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx), who witnessed Parker’s outburst Tuesday and told the Daily News that his colleague “needs help.”
Parker labeled Diaz, who opposes same-sex marriage, a “homophobe and one of these evangelical people running around.” “He’s not really one to be quoted about somebody’s behavior,” Parker said.
Diaz merely laughed when the comments were relayed to him. “I call things as I take them,” Diaz said. “Kevin Parker has to pull his act together.”
Apparently some folks aren’t pleased with Governor David Paterson’s response –
Gov. Paterson is hardly shooting down Sen. Kevin Parker’s contention that the Senate is filled with white supremacists, DN State Capitol Bureau Chief Ken Lovett reports:
During an appearance on public radio’s “The Capitol Press Room,” host Susan Arbetter noted that Paterson served for years in the state Senate with many of the same people who are there now, including Republican Sens. Thomas Libous of Binghamton, Dale Volker of Buffalo and John DeFrancisco of Syracuse.
Asked if he ever felt that members of the GOP were racist or had racist tendencies, Paterson said, “not against any of those three individuals.”