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GOP Candidates Compete for Chance to Test Gillibrand

Thursday, June 03, 2010

A divided New York State Republican Party will have at least two candidates vying for a chance to run against freshman Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the fall--and potentially a third.

Top vote-getter Bruce Blakeman is trying to appeal to grassroots supporters and Tea Party activists. At his acceptance speech, he drew a sharp line between himself and the Republican establishment.

"I'm criticizing a class of elitists who think they can control this party with power and money," Blakeman said.

He will square off against former Presidential advisor David Malpass for the Republican nomination. Former Congressman Joe DioGuardi did not make the cuts, but could also get on the primary ballot, if he gets enough petition signatures.

Republican chairman Ed Cox portrayed the party fault-lines as healthy.

"We're an energized party,” he said. “Of course we have contests."

In the gubernatorial race, Republicans rejected Cox's preferred candidate, Steve Levy, in favor of former Congressman Rick Lazio. He'll face a challenge from upstate businessman Carl Paladino, who said he'll petition his way onto the September ballot.

GOP Candidates Compete for Chance to Test Gillibrand

 

A divided New York State Republican Party will have at least two candidates vying for a chance to run against freshman Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the fall -- and potentially a third.

 

Top vote-getter  Bruce Blakeman is trying to appeal to grassroots supporters and Tea Party activists. At his acceptance speech, he drew a sharp line between himself and the Republican establishment.

 

"I'm criticizing a class of elitists who think they can control this party with power and money," Blakeman said.

 

He will square off against former Presidential advisor David Malpass for the Republican nomination. Former Congressman Joe DioGuardi did not make the cuts, but could also get on the primary ballot, if he gets enough petition signatures.

 

Republican chairman Ed Cox portrayed the party fault-lines as healthy.

 

"We're an energized party,” he said. “Of course we have contests."

 

In the gubernatorial race, Republicans rejected Cox's preferred candidate, Steve Levy, in favor of former Congressman Rick Lazio. He'll face a challenge from upstate businessman Carl Paladino, who said he'll petition his way onto the September ballot.

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Comments [2]

Carrie B.

It didn't have to turn out like this, if the NY GOP had really done what it takes to win, and not given to party B.S. Joe DioGuardi won the Conservative nomination, which no Republican in NY has ran without since 1974. Yet the GOP creates a primary between Malpass and Blakeman instead? Now we have 3 running , who are probably going to smear each other into oblivion before even getting to Gillibrand. Not exactly the brightest idea.

Jun. 07 2010 10:52 AM
Miri from New York

Those silly Republicans!
We NY Democrats just did what the WH told us to do. So we avoided all this nasty drama.
Thank goodness none of us are like that nasty Joe Sestak.

Jun. 04 2010 12:38 AM

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