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Rockland County Republican Chair Vincent Reda said Wednesday he thinks Rick Lazio "should fire his whole campaign staff" and plans to call his executive committee together in the next couple of days to reassess its endorsement of Lazio's gubernatorial bid.
Reda is still angry over Lazio's snub of the state's top Republican leadership, when he refused their call to the woodshed in Albany last week. The leaders were frustrated by what Reda calls Lazio's lackluster fundraising and poorly organized campaign events. But Lazio's aides said he couldn't fit the meeting at the Fort Orange Club into his schedule -- even though he was at a Conservative Party reception just around the corner that evening. Lazio later explained he felt he was being "set up," Reda said.
Reda says he still can't believe Lazio skipped a $500-a-head Nassau Republican dinner organized by chairman Joseph Mondello last week that drew some 1,500 people -- including County Executive Ed Mangano and Senate hopeful Bruce Blakeman, and three chairmen from the Hudson Valley. "We took a two-hour trip in a rainstorm to go out there," he said. "Rick Lazio was a half hour from there and he didn't show? ...The only explanation I heard was, his birthday."