Politically, I'll usually take a northern Republican over a southern Democrat. (John Edwards is a happy exception.) Of the two New York senators, I'd actually rather have Chuck Schumer as President than Hillary. So it seems perfectly appropriate that Schumer's predecessor, brass-balled Alphonse D'Amato, became a lobbyist for the Poker Players' Alliance.
Today's NYT has a good profile of the Senator, noting his hopes of representing something I believe in for the first time since I move to New York (only seven years ago) and the Long Island poker game he plays in regularly with Howard Stern. Expect broad radio coverage.
Poker Player Newspaper columnist Nelson Rose thinks that D'Amato has only a marginally better chance of D'Amato and the PPA prevailing in the near future as I have of turning my last unclaimed 52 cents at Party Poker into a World Series bracelet in triple draw, but here's hoping. Just don't place any money on D'Amato at Betfair (unless you live outside the United Staes and its protectorates).