After easily winning reelection to head a beleaguered party, Passaic County Republican Chairman Scott Rumana extended a hand to a fierce rival group tonight.
Rumana said he would explore the possibility of forming a co-chairmanship.
“We have been through very, very trying times, in and out of court and various battles,” he said. “We all have to work to bring the party together. I have reached out my hand for the last three years. You know what, maybe that wasn’t good enough. So we’re going to try a new tact. We’re going to explore the possibility of looking into creating a co-chairmanship. There are many issues we have to work through.”
Rumana cautioned that he could not say for sure that a co-chairmanship would work, but that he would explore the legal ramifications and necessary bylaw changes.
Carl Mazzie, who challenged Rumana tonight, pledged his total support to the chairman and his slate in the November election.
“He’s our leader. Hopefully, the party will try to come together, and frankly, whether you want to hear it or not, that means both sides. There are two sides to every story, and quite frankly, I don’t have a horse in the race I know a lot of people think I do,” he said.