ALBANY—Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos said the decision about who leads the statewide Republican Party has “pretty much been made.”
“Two great candidates, but to Ed Cox’s credit, he went out and went upstate immediately and won the support of dozens of county chairs, big county chairs, and he is going to be the next state chairman,” Skelos told Fred Dicker on WGDJ Talk 1300. Skelos has supported Cox over Henry Wojtaszek, the Niagara County chairman, and made calls last week to party leaders–including Saratoga County Chairman Jasper Nolan–asking that the fight be stopped and the party be united.
“Talking to a number of county chairs now that the decision has pretty much been made, they’re looking to unify,” Skelos said. “We saw Jasper Nolan say come together and change through Ed Cox, because they want to have a unified party, county chairmen working together, and the bottom line is we’re going to win statewide races next year and we’re going to take back the senate majority.”
Skelos also said that Wojtaszek “has a lot to bring to the table.”