Which of these recent quotes can be attributed to June O’Neill, the soon-to-depart head of NY’s bruised and rudderless Democratic Party?
a. “Any speculation about changes in the party leadership is just that (speculation.)”
b. "The governor…assured me that I have his full support and confidence."
c. “I have been in close contact with Governor Paterson for the past several months about my desire to cut back on the travel and time required to continue as State Chair.”
d. All of the above.
The correct answer is, of course, (d).
For weeks, O’Neill, the last standing remnant of the Eliot Spitzer era, has been insisting she’s staying put as state chair, even as nearly everyone around her fell.
The climax was an embarrassing story in the Daily News, where O’Neill was forced to admit that she knew nothing of a move by Paterson to push her aside. That’s quote “b.”
One May 29, O’Neill’s spokesman denied there was a change afoot (quote “a”)
Today, Paterson announced that his fourth choice for the post (the first three turned him down), Long Island Democrat Chair Jay Jacobs, will step into O’Neill’s shoes.
That pretty much completes the downstate domination of state politics and governance under Democrat control.
Paterson, of course, is from Manhattan, as is his choice for “lieutenant governor,” Richard Ravitch.
The Senate is controlled by Malcolm Smith (Queens) and John Sampson (Brooklyn).
The Assembly is run by Shelly Silver (Manhattan).
The Comptroller is from Nassau County; Queens-born Andrew Cuomo is the Attorney General.
US Sen. Chuck Schumer is a Brooklyn boy, and accidental Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has changed her stripes to more closely resemble the Upper East Side liberal crowd she favors.