NY GOP Kicks Off Convention

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Republican elephant and Democratic donkey napkins (lamenta3/flickr)

New York Republicans kick off their convention in Midtown Manhattan to pick a slate of candidates for the fall elections on Tuesday.

Despite Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's large lead in the polls, competition for a shot at challenging him in the race for governor is intense. Buoyed by GOP wins in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts, New York Republicans think an upset is achievable, especially after former Governor Eliott Spitzer's exit and Governor David Paterson's troubled tenure.

GOP delegates have four gubernatorial contenders to choose from: former Congressman Rick Lazio, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, Buffalo businessman and Tea Party activist Carl Paladino, and Myers Mermel, a successful real estate broker.

GOP State Chair Ed Cox has thrown his support behind Levy, a former Democrat. Delegates will also pick candidates for comptroller and attorney general this week, as well as opponents for incumbent Democratic Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer.

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