Smith’s Spokesman Leaves Post

Senate Democratic leader Malcolm Smith just released this notably short statement about the Senate Democrat’s spokesman, Curtis Taylor, who abruptly resigned from his position today:

“I have recently accepted the resignation of Curtis Taylor as the Communications Director and Press Secretary of the State Senate Democratic Conference. Mr. Taylor will be moving over to Conference Services where his skills and services will be better utilized.”

He did not announce a replacement. So who will be talking to the press on Smith’s behalf?

The email about Taylor came from Selvena Brooks, formerly the director of constituent services in Smith’s southeast Queens district office, although she recently moved to the Senate office.

As Liz Benjamin notes, Smith recently faced some bad press over a comment he made to lobbyists at a fund-raiser. Smith says the remarks were a joke, but his Republican counterpart, Dean Skelos, said they amount to an ethics violation.

Smith’s Spokesman Leaves Post