New York Republican Chairman Ed Cox says the state has suffered under all-Democratic rule and that a two-party check and balance is essential.
Cox made the statement as the state Republican convention opened Tuesday with an internal battle. Gubernatorial candidates Rick Lazio, Carl Paladino and Steve Levy each claim strong support and say they are prepared to take the fight to a September primary if necessary.
That could lead to a bruising campaign none of the candidates nor the party can easily afford.
Meanwhile Democrats and their candidate, Andrew Cuomo, are in full campaign mode after their convention last week.