New York, NY, Jun 03, 2010 — At their state convention yesterday, NY Republicans picked Rick Lazio to run as their candidate for Governor. Lazio's campaign quickly issued a press release saying he's unified New York's GOP.
But Democrat-running-as-Republican Steve Levy garnered nearly 30 percent of the vote in the first round of convention balloting. And though it wasn't enough, more than 40 percent of conventioneers said Levy's name should appear on a primary ballot in September. Party chairman Ed Cox pushed Levy's challenge of Lazio. Several prominent voices within the party denounced Cox for supporting the Democrat to lead the GOP ticket. There've been rumblings about his leadership. Yesterday he dismissed the idea that the outcome was an expression of no confidence. The son-in-law of President Richard Nixon said he doesn't plan to resign as chairman and no one has asked him to. Lazio called this--quote--"Just a family fight."
To get a better sense of what's happening with the Repblican Party as the convention nears its close, we turned to Jimmy Vielkind, a reporter with the Capitol Bureau of the Albany Times Union. He was on the convention floor yesterday when Jonathan Brown asked him if the state's Republicans now seem unified.