Skelos' members gave him a vote of confidence on Monday night, just hours after he and his son were hit with federal corruption charges by hard-driving U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
"Dean was pretty brazen when he met with the conference," one source said. "He said he is going to fight this. He said he's going to win - that 'we're going to show Preet Bharara.'"
Skelos Tuesday scoffed at the charges against him as “nothing more than a press release” and defended his son.
Skelos' case seems a lot worse than Silver's case because there are wiretaps that reveal the criminal (and often idiotic) things both Dean and his son Adam were saying to each other as they worked their schemes.
It's possible that Skelos will "show Preet Barara" what's up in court, but when you look at the wiretaps and see the stuff they were recorded saying, it doesn't seem likely.