Charlie King will soon be leaving his role as executive director of the state Democratic committee, a source just told me.
The Democratic insider said King will leave after the national
Democratic convention in September to seek private sector job
"It was always his plan to do the national (convention) stuff and leave," the source said.
King is the second top official exiting the committee, following
state party chairman Jay Jacobs, who will be replaced by Assemblyman
Keith Wright and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
King has had a close relationship with Gov. Cuomo over the years. He
was his lieutenant governor candidate in 2002 when Cuomo unsuccessfully
sought the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. He briefly challenged
Cuomo in an attorney general primary four years later before dropping
out and endorsing him.
King was named state Democratic party executive director in April
2010--a move many saw at the time as Cuomo putting his imprint on the
party machinery. Jacobs had been appointed by then Gov. David Paterson.
The New York State Democratic Committee Meeting kicks off this morning (5/24/2012) at 10am at the Hotel Albany. The Party is expected to vote to change the current bylaws paving the way for Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Assemblyman Keith Wright to be the next co-chairs of the party.
Governor Cuomo will speak to the committee at 10:30am.