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GOP Insider: Critics Wanted Cox's Support

WSJ also picks up [$] on a key point in a recent GOP debate: all three Republican senate candidates looking to face Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in November agree on at least one thing: Ed Cox has not been a good state chairman of their party.

DioGuardi, Blakeman and Malpass each expressed their opinion during the "Lightening Round" portion of Tuesday night's televised debate.

A GOP insider takes umbrage with the candidate's answers, saying, they all sought Cox's support. There's also some airing of the intra-party factionalism that, as a spectator, I find refreshing.

Anyway, the view from a GOP insider:

All three Republican Senate candidates for the Gillibrand seat have actively sought Chairman Cox’s support and endorsement. Since Bruce Blakeman is the party’s official designee, Chairman Cox is supporting Blakeman. As a Mondello acolyte, however, it’s no surprise that Mr. Blakeman was unwilling to defend Ed Cox or offer up kind words about the Chairman in public. As far as Malpass and DioGuardi are concerned, it’s no surprise they’re both upset at Chairman Cox’s backing of Blakeman, though the mature reaction would have entailed the two of them acknowledging the position Chairman Cox is in, give that Blakeman is the party’s designee.