Many state lawmakers and members of New York’s Democratic Party have signed a draft letter urging Governor Hochul to remove the state’s party chairman after a painful mid-term election, the Daily News learns.
“The State Democratic Party – led by nominee Cuomo Jay Jacobs – did not devote the time, energy and resources necessary to maintain our dark blue status: 4 seats in Congress came under Republican control and Governor Hochul won by a small majority – in at least two decades,” states the draft letter, reflecting widespread criticism of Jacobs’ mid-term party management.
“Jay Jacobs is unfit to be chairman of the National Democratic Party, and it is time for Governor Hochul to work with the party to elect a focused, determined, unifying party leader,” the letter continued.
Since last week’s semester in which rep Sean Patrick Maloney and three other Democrat reps lost their seats, Hochul has sided with Jacobs, even as criticism of him has grew louder.
“I think he did an excellent job as chairman,” the governor told reporters on Thursday. “We don’t change anything.”
Nevertheless, the organizers of the letters expressed the hope that Hochul would work with them to get Jacobs out and elect a replacement. The names of the signatories were not immediately known.
“We, the undersigned, stand ready to work with Governor Hochul to elect a true party leader who embodies real democratic values and is, as our website clearly states,” committed to building a party that provides New Yorkers with progressive, fair and dedicated leaders at all times. level of government “- we read in the letter.
Progressives have been calling for Jacobs to resign since former governor Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace in the summer of 2021. He caused their anger later that year when the party refused to support India’s ultimately successful candidacy for Walton mayor of Buffalo – with Hochul supporting him throughout the saga.
“Jay is a leftover from Cuomo, and this letter reflects the willingness of all those signing the contract to start over with Governor Hochul in her first full term,” Erica Vladimer, one of the state committee members who wrote the letter, told Daily News. .
According to Vladimer, more than 600 people have signed the document, including a dozen lawmakers who plan to hand it over to Hochul earlier this week.
“They are members of state committees, members of county committees, district leaders, and supporters and activists from across the state,” she said. “We are tired of the fact that the state party is led by someone who is not in the best interest of the party.”
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