Damage Control. The Democrats in the Legislature voted yesterday to allow Hochul to remove Brian Benjamin from the ballot. It is part of the effort to help her re-election bid. Hochul stumbled badly in her selection of Benjamin for the number 2 spot. The situation became untenable when he was arrested on federal corruption charges, She is now a free agent to choose another running mate. She must carefully make her decision this time around. Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf explained, “If she gets the wrong person, it gives the Republicans an issue. The question of this choice is being used against her to question her capacity to govern and to make decisions.” Many believe she should select an Hispanic. Latinos comprise 20 percent of the New York electorate. There has never been an Hispanic elected to state wide office. Damage Control. Hochul is looking to control the political fallout !!