The Senate’s eight-member Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) and the Senate’s mainline Democrats bickered publicly last week. The regular Democrats, who have lost three members to the IDC since last summer, charged the IDC with empowering supporters of President Donald Trump.
Senator Michael Gianaris, Deputy Leader of the Democratic Conference, criticized the IDC for being part of the Senate’s Majority coalition. The IDC responded by calling the leadership of the regular Democratic conference leadership ineffective. The discord between the Senate Democrats and the IDC benefits the Senate Republicans, who are in a numerical minority in the chamber. But they have been able to retain a working majority with the help of Democratic Senator Simcha Felder, who sits with the GOP conference, and the eight-member IDC.