Loses Mount for Head of the Democrat Party
Democrats Lose the State Senate on Long Island - Jacobs' Base
In the last two elections Jay Jacobs Long Island has been taken over by the GOP without a word from the party or the press criticizing his poor leadership. The defeat of the Senator Johnson resulting in a turnover of the State Senate in Jacobs Nassau County will make it impossible for the party or the press to ignore. The Democratic Party is failing on the national and local levels because it has become the party of incumbent protection, not the party of change that the Democrats promise at election time. The New York Democrats must ask themselves what they are doing with a party leader who has lost support of his base.
This year his AG candidate Kathleen Rice, Jacobs candidate who was the front runner at the start lost the primary. He also lost all the Surrogate Court and all the judge ships in Nassau his home county. More importantly he lost both of Long Island incumbent State Senate seats Foley and Johnson. Jacobs' Long Island losses, lost the State Senate for the Democrats. The Democratic Party leader also has allowed the GOP to capture 6 or 7 congressional seats in the state this year. He lost the Nassau Surrogate Judge. Last year he lost the county executive office, local Nassau legislature, tax collector and a number of other local positions. With the departure of Paterson and lose of a Sampson led State Senate and the fact that every statewide elected official is white the pressure will be on Cuomo to pick a black to lead the party. Is was the black vote in the outer boroughs that saved the comptroller and AG seats for the democrats not Jacobs leadership. * GOP takes the state Senate(NYP)
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