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Cox Admits He’s Considering “All Potential Candidates,” Including Democrat Levy

January 24, 2010

This week, controversial moves on the part of New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox have drawn him into the spotlight. Specifically, he has been criticized for meeting with Long Island Democrat Steve Levy to discuss a potential run for governor:

State GOP chairman Ed Cox confirmed this morning his recent meeting with Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, who is considering a run for governor, saying Levy has impressed some GOP chairmen and that “we’re going to consider all potential candidates for all positions.”

Cox, in an interview with Gannett’s Albany Bureau, said he’s willing to meet with any potential candidates who have an interest in running on the GOP line. He said Levy’s interest in the Republican Party shows how the party is on the rise.

“It does show how attractive the fact that a prominent Democrat who feels that his party has left him would come to talk to us about running on our ticket is very exciting,” Cox said. “It says a lot about the Republican Party in New York state. We’re the place to run.”

Levy, a Democrat, has been meeting with Democratic and Republican leaders as he mulls a run for governor this year. He has not ruled out a run on any party’s line, said his political consultant Michael Dawidziak.

“Any and all of those options would certainly not ever be forestalled by us,” Dawidziak said today.

Asked whether meeting with Levy signals he’s not sold on Rick Lazio’s candidacy, Cox denied that’s the case. Lazio is the only announced GOP candidate and has already secured more than 40 percent of the party’s weighted vote for the nomination.

“He’s a great candidate and he’d make a great governor, but if there’s someone else who wants to get in the race and wants to run on the Republican ticket they’re welcome to do it,” Cox said.

Lazio, in an interview with Gannett today, didn’t put much stock into Levy’s meetings with Republicans.

“I don’t think it’s going anywhere,” he said. “And I’m very confident that I’m going to earn the nomination of the Republican and Conservative parties.”


So what do you think of the state party chairman putting stock in a Democrat? Is this a betrayal or a smart move?

We welcome your comments. Commentary from us is soon to follow!

  1. Jessup permalink
    January 24, 2010 2:55 pm

    This is shameful.

  2. Dedicated to Jeff Kraus permalink
    January 24, 2010 6:26 pm

    (Dedicated to Jeff Kraus and his failed Jets…Sorry sweety!)

    On to victory, anti-establishment! 😉

    The Judges Will Decide,
    The Likes of Kraus Abide.
    The Winner Takes It All.

  3. Marcus Tullius Cicero permalink
    January 24, 2010 8:27 pm

    “How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!” ~Samuel Adams

    “Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.” ~Sir Francis Bacon

    “The worst crimes were dared by a few, willed by more and tolerated by all.” ~Tacitus

    • Sexy Republicana permalink
      January 24, 2010 9:00 pm

      Welcome Back, Marcus!

  4. Lucius permalink
    January 24, 2010 9:07 pm

    How disturbing it is to see the absence of competition and the political back room dealing that is occurring here in our home state. It mirrors the mistakes of the local party here in Brooklyn, which has been engaging in an unfortunate symbiotic relationship of Democrats and Republicans in our county, which fosters complacency and promotes political weakness.

    A healthy tête-à-tête in politics is one thing, but an all out surrender and the lack of political differences does not benefit the public–but merely the oligarchy.

  5. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    January 25, 2010 9:59 am

    Has anybody noticed— another blog, TJIUA, contains as part of its permanent layout images that (I suspect) are proprietary to the KCRP or to one of its “consultants”? Hyperlinks are one thing, but use of the images? If the use is licensed, doesn’t that indicate conspiracy, collusion, or a common plan or scheme in everything that TJIUA i doing?

    Also, has anybody seen my Spartacus posters? Actually, they are for my most recent alterego Full Frontal Spartacus. I can’t see that avatar of me—I don’t get STARZ—if you can get an eye-full, tell me how I look.

    BTW— The Weinstein Group has put out that “Avatar II, The Craig Eaton Story” is moving forward with Ricky Gervais almost under contract for the title role. If it’s Gervais, the theme song will certainly be “Funny Little Man” by David Bowie [Ref– Ricky Gervais’ EXTRAS]. Eaton has agreed that all his proceeds from this project will go to the Cathedral Club— however without a real audit of the CC books, we’ll never know for sure.

  6. Repeat permalink
    January 25, 2010 1:39 pm

    Anonymous said…

    The question begs, does AAA type “The question begs” AFTER he types his statements?

    The question begs, as AAA (with one exception) always capitalizes the first word after typing “the question begs”.

    The question begs, why does the question need to be begging?

    The question begs, is there any other declared REPUBLICAN candidate?

    The question begs, if yes, which atlas will post the news first?

    The question begs, if not, will the Jig put aside their personal issues with the ONLY declared REPUBLICAN candidate running for city council?

    The question begs, will the Jig post any more humorous photos of JJJ?

    The question begs, just for the hell of it.

    The question begs, can I say hell on the Jig?

    The question begs, but the answer makes the question beg some more.

    The question continue to beg, but the answer just won’t put out.

    The question is tired of begging and leaves the answer alone.

    The answer is now lonely.

    January 24, 2010

    • Sponsor of free speech permalink
      January 25, 2010 7:00 pm

      Sounds like you must be lonely there, Jimmy boy.

      Have you taught Jonathan how to do the “Lambada” yet, maybe that will help him win votes in Borough Park.

  7. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    January 25, 2010 2:37 pm

    Isn’t it “What a Maroon”? [Ref.: Bugs Bunny]

    • Sponsor of free speech permalink
      January 25, 2010 7:05 pm

      Hi wag the dog, I mean Jimmy.

  8. Outsider permalink
    January 25, 2010 10:14 pm

    Sounds like your the moron.

  9. Playa permalink
    January 25, 2010 10:17 pm

    Shouldn’t Jonathan be running for dogcatcher, after all maybe if it looks like one, talks like one than it must be one.

  10. Downhill Racer permalink
    January 25, 2010 11:01 pm

    I know Jonathan. He’s a good man and I’ll help in his campaign if he wants me to.

    Who is Arnaldo & Balboa?

    • CPU permalink
      January 26, 2010 12:38 am

      Must be easy to talk in the 3rd person Jonathan.

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