There is considerable speculation among Passaic County Republicans that Michael Mecca is preparing to step down as GOP County Chairman. Mecca, who lost his Freeholder seat in 2004, has been dealing with some serious personal issues lately. Several sources say the leading plan would be to replace Mecca with two Co-Chairs: former Assemblyman Frank Catania and former Republican County Chairman Peter Murphy. Murphy served as County Chairman until his 2002 bribery and mail fraud convictions and served nearly eleven months in a federal prison before the U.S. Court of Appeals overturned the conviction. Federal proscutors passed on another bribery trial after Murphy pleaded guilty to a mail fraud charge. He was sentenced to time served. Catania was part of a reform GOP group led by former Paterson Mayor Pat Kramer that challenged the county GOP organization last June.