Unless you’re Speaker or Majority Leader, serving in the Assembly Democratic leadership is really nothing special. Just last week, 25 of the 49 Democrats in the Assembly held a leadership post. Still, Joseph Roberts’ decision today to strip indicted Assembly Deputy Majority Leader Joseph Vas of his leadership post means someone gets to move up – assuming Roberts believes in the importance of having six Deputy Majority Leaders, rather than just five.
For Roberts, the easy decision would be to move John McKeon (D-West Orange) up from Minority Whip to Deputy Majority Leader, even though Minority Whip actually sounds more meaningful since there is just one. Then he could promote Deputy Majority Whip Vincent Prieto (D-Secaucus), and pick one of the mere mortal legislators with no leadership post or committee chair to take his spot.
And in case you care, there are eight Deputy Speakers, a Speaker Pro-Tempore and a Deputy Speaker Pro-Tempore, a Conference Leader and a Deputy Conference Leader, and a Parliamentarian.