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Now circulated by the Lazio-for-governor campaign:

At a meeting this afternoon of GOP county chairs, one leader (assumedly a Rick Lazio supporter) raised concerns about the fact that the Republicans are poised to nominate a host of candidates different than those already nominated by the state Conservative Party.  

According to a source briefed on the meeting and another who attended it, Cox responded that the Republicans are thinking of creating an independent line all their own on which their candidates could run in November as an alternative to Row D.  

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The Conservatives have nominated Rick Lazio for governor (although he's facing a primary challenge from Erie County Conservative Chairman Ralph Lorigo), Jay Townsend to challenge US Sen. Chuck Schumer and former Rep. Joe DioGuardi to challenge US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.  

If, in fact, the GOP goes this route, it will be more or less an act of war against the Conservative Party - particularly if there's a gubernatorial primary and the winner isn't Lazio.  

That sets up a situation where Lazio, who has pledged to remain on the Conservative line through the general election, would be running against a fellow Republican - or maybe party-switching Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy - in the general election.  

Remember: Third parties need to get at least 50,000 votes for their gubernatorial candidates in order to maintain ballot status.