Mercer County GOP Chairman Roy Wesley has asked one Republican Freeholder candidate, Joseph DeAngelo, to get out of the race. Sources close to Wesley say that the Freeholder campaign has been hampered by infighting between the candidates. Mercer Republicans are meeting on Thursday, and if DeAngelo hasn't dropped out before that, Wesley could go as far as to seek a formal vote of no confidence in their candidate.
Update: D'Angelo sent a letter to county election officials today withdrawing from the race. The GOP is expected to pick a replacement candidate at a meeting tomorrow night.
This is the latest in a series of political trouble for Wesley, who won re-election in 2008 by just four votes against Robbinsville Mayor David Fried. Last year Wesley was unable to fill his slate of Freeholder candidates. Earlier this year, Wesley was wounded when his candidates for State Assembly in the politically competitive 14th district dropped out days before the Mercer convention; that forced Wesley to engage in a heated primary battle with Middlesex Republicans.