BREAKING: Morelle resigns

Joe Morelle must think he has a pretty good shot at becoming the state's next comptroller.

In a letter emailed to Democratic Party members late this morning the Monroe County Democratic Party Chair announced he was stepping down from that post.

In the letter and and in a statement on his website (.pdf), he cited his candidacy for comptroller the reason for the move.

From the letter:
Although this decision was very difficult, I believe that resigning my Chairmanship is the right thing to do in light of my candidacy for New York State Comptroller. I believe that I am truly the best- qualified candidate for Comptroller and that I can better serve our party, community and state as a greater voice for our region in Albany.

The letter goes on to highlight his accomplishments, but Dems now will be scrambling to look forward, not back. This year promises a series of bruising intra-party squabbles in the district city council races (second item), not to mention the question of who will succeed Morelle in the Assembly should he get that comptroller job he so covets.

Morelle restored some measure of party discipline, which might've softened those disputes, had he stuck around. A weaker party chair could spell, if not disaster, a return to the traditional divisive model of Democratic Party politics. The names that have been tossed around for a replacement for Morelle as chair so far have tended to include former party chairs (though at least one fresh face has said privately they'd consider a bid).

One such former chair is Ted O'Brien. Making O'Brien chair would take him out of the race to succeed him, leaving it open for his fellow county legislator Stephanie Aldersley to take over Morelle's vacated Assembly seat (Brighton Town Supervisor Sandy Frankel might be interested and some city politicians surely will be but the district is carved up in such a way that Irondequoit will likely have the controlling voice).

--- Krestia DeGeorge


Blogger IsLAND MAN said...

I'm hopeful that the departure of Morelle from the Democratic County Chair position will simply open the door for someone more dynamic and focused on the county.

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im sure Joe will be back as counrt Chair by the end of the month.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not if we elect someone better....you don't just get to come back.

My choice for this position is Dan West.

12:44 PM  
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10:10 PM  
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6:01 AM  

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