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Dem Chair Jay Jacobs v. Rep. Kathleen Rice: Next round

Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs is shown on

Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs is shown on Nov. 5, 2013. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice appears on Nov. 4, 2014. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas, Howard Schnapp

The continued rift between new Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) and Nassau Chairman Jay Jacobs has as its immediate backdrop one of the county's two special legislative elections set for Tuesday.

Jacobs criticizes Rice for declining to endorse fellow Democrat Rita Kestenbaum in the 19th LD in her bid for the vacant seat of convicted ex-Legis. David Denenberg. She faces Republican Steven Rhoas. Both live in Bellmore.

A description of the feud is posted here. It leaves off with Rice impugning Jacobs' election record and judgment in the county, and Jacobs replying ""his isn't about my political judgment but whether, as a Democrat, you support and help other Democrats -- and whether you repay all the Democrats who have helped you in the past. Apparently that's not her priority -- and I think that's a mistake."

As a rejoinder to the rejoinder, Phillips notes, as he did to us Friday, that Jacobs never formally endorsed Rice in her Congressional race last year. Now Phillips throws this verbal log on the fire: "This is hypocrisy on a whole new level, even for Jay Jacobs."


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