Only one Long Islander appears to be included in Hillary Clinton’s more-than-a-page of single-spaced acknowledgments and “thank yous” in her book “What Happened.”
Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs is listed among nationally known figures such as Huma Abedin, a longtime staffer and vice chair of Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign; John Podesta, Clinton campaign chairman; and Robby Mook, her campaign manager.
How did Jacobs land on the list?
“Among other people, I was very much engaged in trying to give advice and suggestions before the campaign started, during the campaign and after the campaign,” Jacobs said. “I was honored and very grateful.
Missing from the acknowledgments was Long Island’s Robert Zimmerman, a national Democratic committeeman from Great Neck who hosted fundraisers for Clinton and argued her merits when he appeared as a commentator on national broadcast news shows.
Clinton had called him “a dear friend” in a videotaped tribute to Zimmerman when he was honored recently by the LGBT network of Long Island and Queens, saying she was “so grateful for his support and fundraising.”
Asked why Jacobs got mentioned while he didn’t, Zimmerman quipped, “I’m very happy that Jay got well deserved recognition. I’m only going to be very offended and upset if George Clooney is not cast to play me in the movie version of the campaign.”