It’s Lulu Land up in Albany!
Liberal and independent media-makers from a President Trump-opposing group called The Creative Resistance released a video on Oct. 24 called “LuLu Land” which humorously criticizes the eight members of the breakaway bloc the Independent Democratic Conference, who sit across the aisle with the Grand Old Party in the Senate to give the Republicans a majority in the chamber.
The title of the two-and-a-half-minute video is a riff on the Hollywood musical “La La Land,” and refers to so-called “lulus” — the cash bonuses legislators get for holding leadership positions — which several members of the breakaway bloc receive in exchange for turning their backs on the Democrats and sitting with the majority party.
But instead of a love story between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s characters in Los Angeles, “The Sopranos” actress Edie Falco narrates how the eight rogue Democrats — including state Sen. Jesse Hamilton (D–Crown Heights) — are ruining New Yorker’s lives by preventing much-needed laws from passing, and why they should be voted out of office.
“Let’s fight back,” says Falco in the video. “If we can raise enough awareness in these eight IDC districts, we can vote the fake Dems out, making New York a real blue State, like California—and inspiring other States of the Union to resist Trump, too.”
The video also takes a shot at turncoat state Sen. Simcha Felder (D–Midwood), who is not a part of the Independent Democratic Conference but still chooses to abandon the True Blues and vote along with the Republicans.
“IDC members insist that the fault really lies with another rogue Democrat who votes with Republicans,” says Falco. “The truth is, they are both at fault and they use each other as scapegoats to shift blame for their treason against the people who voted for them.”
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