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Netflix’s ‘The Politician’ brings Albany politics to small screen

This post contains spoilers for season two of Netflix’s “The Politician.”

ALBANY – For lovers of political drama, there’s no shortage of television shows that try to strike the sweet balance between government and theatre – but most of the time, the plot stays in Washington, D.C.

No shade to “Scandal,” “House of Cards” or “The West Wing” – but anyone who works in Albany politics knows there’s more than enough drama to last several seasons. Season two of Netflix’s “The Politician” gives a small insight into the New York political sphere, setting the stage for main character Payton Hobart – who, in season one, was a candidate in an intense race for high school president – to step up his political game in a run to unseat the very tenured leader of the New York state Senate, Dede Standish.

Hobart, played by Ben Platt, is a 20-something college student at New York University with big dreams of one day becoming president. So his baby step – in the show, and not so much in real life – was a primary contest against Standish, played by Judith Light, a veteran senator representing the 27th state Senate District in upper Manhattan.

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