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Joe Mondello and Jay Jacobs: Who's the boss?
Who’s the boss? Apparently not Joseph Mondello, the Nassau County Republican Committee chairman who wrote in to Newsday last week to protest being referred to in a news story as a “GOP boss.”
Mondello complained that his Democratic counterpart, Jay Jacobs, is more often described as “Democratic Chairman” or sometimes “Democratic leader.” The appellations reveal a Newsday bias in favor of Democrats, Mondello claimed.
But Jacobs couldn’t leave it at that and sent Newsday a letter of his own. “Far be it for me to make my Republican counterpart feel a bit better, but I can assure him that I am frequently referred to in Newsday articles and even headlines as ‘Democratic Boss,’ " Jacobs wrote. "Given our positions, Joe and I should both be grateful that if and when we are referred to at all, the worst we're called is 'Boss.' I can assure him that outside the pages of Newsday, others are using far less flattering titles to refer to the both of us.”