State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs confirmed the NYT report that he has tendered his resignation to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, clearing the way for the governor to select his own leader of an organization of which he became the de facto head when he was elected back in 2010.
This move is not unexepected – in fact, it has been speculated since the gubernatorial campaign when Cuomo installed
his political frenemy, Charlie King, as the party’s executive director.
King, as you’ll recall, worked for the governor at HUD, ran as his LG
in that ill-fated 2002 race and then challenged him (and dropped out) in
the 2006 AG race.
Jacobs, who was elevated by former Gov. David Paterson in 2009 over Cuomo’s objections
(he replaced June O’Neill, an Eliot Spitzer holdover who had worked in
the Cuomo I administration), acknowledged that his departure has been
under discussion “on and off” for some time, although he insisted there
was “never any urgency” to the talks.