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The installation of Charlie King as Democratic state esecutive director, under the chairmanship of Jay Jacobs, is naturally seen as one more prelude to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo heading the party ticket on Election Day.

King ran for lieutenant governor as a political ally of Cuomo, who ran and lost for governor, in 2002  King had already been regional HUD director when Cuomo headed the federal agency under President Bill Clinton. In 2006 King ran for attorney general – against Cuomo. ("HE ran against ME," King quipped today.)Between 2007 and 2009, King was acting executive director of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network .

King told reporters today:

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“When you go through what Andrew Cuomo and I have gone through – we were incredibly close, and then for a period of time we were not close at all. We were running against each other, fighting against each other as hard as we could to get the position of attorney general.

“When you emerge out of that and you still have a relationship intact, it actually is stronger than if you never had that kind of, you know, tension back and forth…a lot like family… I think he’ll be a wonderful governor.'"