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GOP unity remains an open question

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.  Go to full article
Matt Doheny in Canton recently.
Matt Doheny in Canton recently.

NY 23rd Race: Doheny parses "good" and "bad" government

Alexandria Bay businessman Matt Doheny came into the race for the 23rd Congressional district with a liability. His main competition for the Republican primary, Douglas Hoffman, had massive name recognition after last year's special election. But Doheny has out-fundraised Hoffman. And he's secured more support from GOP county chairs. He sat down recently with David Sommerstein. In a moment, we'll hear his stance on immigration reform. He believes illegal immigrant farmworkers should have to go home before they can apply for a guest worker program. First, Doheny talks about his opposition to the federal stimulus package. In his stump speech, Doheny distinguishes between "good" and "bad" government spending. He supports federal spending at Fort Drum, and on roads and highways and bridges. And he's for spending on education.  Go to full article
Matthew Flynn is one of the youngest GOP candidates preaching fiscal conservatism.
Matthew Flynn is one of the youngest GOP candidates preaching fiscal conservatism.

GOP preaches fiscal conservatism in November

Republicans nationwide believe they're riding favorable winds to big victories in November. And the sail is emblazoned with a simple message: fiscal conservatism. The details of how the GOP would downsize government - and what that would mean for North Country jobs - is still a bit fuzzy.

Republican candidates held a meet-and-greet in Ogdensburg last week. David Sommerstein took the opportunity to ask them what they'd cut.  Go to full article
Steve Levy, now a Republican, in Ogdenbsurg
Steve Levy, now a Republican, in Ogdenbsurg

Steve Levy: 'There would never be a late budget'

Suffolk County executive Steve Levy brought his campaign for Governor to Ogdensburg on Wednesday. He mingled with St. Lawrence County Republicans at a meet-the-candidates night at the Freighthouse restaurant. Levy switched parties from Democrat to Republican for this race. Some of his Democratic donors are demanding he return their campaign contributions. Levy told David Sommerstein he would not allow a late state budget if he were Governor. He says if the legislature couldn't pass a budget by the deadline, his executive budget would take effect.  Go to full article

Scozzafava steps out of Assembly race

Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava announced yesterday she will not run for re-election in November. The six-term Republican told the Watertown Daily Times it was "time to take a breather and go in a different direction."

The Gouverneur native drew national attention last year in the bruising 23rd Congressional district special election. Scozzafava dropped out of the race days before election day in the face of a strong, bitter campaign from Conservative Doug Hoffman. Then she shocked the GOP establishment when she threw her support behind Democrat Bill Owens, who narrowly won. Shortly after the race, Scozzafava was stripped of her leadership position in the Assembly.

Scozzafava's failed campaign spawned a new verb among political insiders. "To be Scozzafava-ed" refers to a moderate Republican who's muscled out by a strong candidate from the right.

Scozzafava's decision leaves Jefferson County legislative chairman Ken Blankenbush, also a Republican, as the lone declared candidate in the 122nd Assembly district. The district includes all of Lewis County and parts of Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.  Go to full article
Carl Paladino
Carl Paladino

Paladino in for governor, promises shake up in Albany

The field in the race for governor of New York State grew yesterday. Western New York businessman Carl Paladino is the latest in a group of Republicans promising to shake up Albany. He's talking about creating a "tea party" line on the November ballot. Paladino says he'll start by filing petitions to win a place on the GOP primary ballot. He made his announcement in Buffalo yesterday. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Brian Kolb heads the GOP caucus in the Assembly (Source: NYS Assembly)
Assemblyman Brian Kolb heads the GOP caucus in the Assembly (Source: NYS Assembly)

Republican Assembly leader: Moderates welcome

The Republican Party in New York state has suffered some painful blows in the last decade. The GOP has lost every statewide election and seen its congressional delegation nearly wiped out, even losing House seats here in the North Country. Brian Kolb leads the GOP's minority caucus in the state Assembly. His caucus holds only about a quarter of the seats in the Assembly. In large part that's because the increasingly conservative Republican Party has struggled to compete in New York City. Kolb spoke with Brian Mann this week about the future of his party. He says a nearly two-to-one voter-enrollment advantage gives Democrats a big headstart.  Go to full article

GOP "purity" test ripples through North Country politics

The North Country has seen more than its share of political upheavals over the last several years. For the first time in decades, the region is represented by a Democrat, Darrel Aubertine, in the state Senate. The region has also elected three Democrats to Congress: Mike Arcuri, Scott Murphy and Bill Owens. Last week, Conservative Doug Hoffman finally conceded the 23rd congressional district race to Owens.

These elections represent stunning reversals for the once-dominant upstate Republican Party. And they've caught the attention of the national media, including a television appearance yesterday by Republican Dede Scozzafava. Her withdrawal and endorsement of Owens in the closing days of the 23rd CD race brought questions of her party's identity into sharp focus. Brian Mann covered the 23rd CD race for NCPR and NPR. Martha Foley spoke with him about this latest chapter.  Go to full article
Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman is forcing Republican Dede Scozzafava into a two-front race.
Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman is forcing Republican Dede Scozzafava into a two-front race.

Feud among national conservatives could hurt Scozzafava candidacy

In just four weeks, voters will go to the polls to replace former North Country Congressman John McHugh, who was appointed Secretary of the Army. The candidates are out on the campaign trail talking about jobs and taxes and healthcare. But one of the biggest factors shaping the race for New York's 23d district is a bitter ideological feud within the national conservative movement. Many activist groups in Washington DC think Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava is too liberal. They're backing Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. As Brian Mann reports, the fierce infighting on the right could throw the election to Democrat Bill Owens.  Go to full article

WEB AUDIO: Scozzafava & her brother's investment company

Republican candidate for the 23rd congressional district, Dede Scozzafava, explains to David Sommerstein that she has no connection to her brother's venture capital firm, Seaway Valley Capital Corp., which owes $192,000 in state and federal taxes.  Go to full article

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