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Battle On for Control of State GOP

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A contest for control of New York's Republican Party is brewing. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Ed Cox, Son in law of former President Richard Nixon, says he has 60 percent of county chairs and committee members back in his run to take over the State's Republican Party, he says he also has major donors lined up and plans to take back State leadership positions lost in the 2006 and 2008 elections.

COX: we've got an unelected comptroller, because of financial corruption, we've got an unelected governor, because of moral corruption, and the worse corruption is what's been done with the budget.

REPORTER: Former New York City Mayor and possible candidate for governor Rudy Giuliani is backing another candidate for state GOP chair, Niagara county GOP chairman Henry Wojtaszek. Wojtaszek is far behind in the vote count, but says he believes he can gain the support needed to take over the party from Joseph Mondello, who is stepping down. For WNYC, Im Karen DeWitt.

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