New York, NY —
New York Republicans are kicking 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 Governor Spitzer's exit and Governor Paterson's troubled tenure.
GOP delegates have four 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, attorney general, as well as opponents for incumbent Democratic Senators Gillibrand and Schumer.