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Before Cox's re-election, some GOP'ers queried LaValle on chairmanship

Ed Cox was re-elected state Republican chairman.

Ed Cox was re-elected state Republican chairman. Credit: AP / Mike Groll

Republicans, including former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, last week tried to gauge Suffolk GOP chairman John Jay LaValle's interest in running for state GOP chairman.

But LaValle ended up agreeing to nominate current GOP leader Ed Cox for re-election to a fourth term at a party convention Monday in upstate Colonie.

LaValle's name surfaced after news reports that Onondaga County GOP chairman Tom Dadey might take on Cox, son-in-law of the late President Richard M. Nixon.

Cox, 68, declined to comment on a potential intra-party scrum but expressed confidence beforehand that he would be re-elected -- which occured today as expected. "We're on a roll and expect we will continue to be on a roll," he said.

Doug Colety, Westchester County GOP chairman, acknowledged there were some exploratory conversations about LaValle but that he never declared himself a candidate. Colety said Dadey also never officially announced as a candidate but added, "he didn't take himself totally out."

LaValle said he received calls from several Republicans, including Paladino, asking if he was interested, and that he reached out to several other leaders to determine where they stood, but never campaigned for himself. "There was a flurry of activity for about 48 hours," LaValle said.

LaValle said he never expected that Suffolk would have a chance at the state chairmainship since John Flanagan (R-East Northport) is already the Senate Majority Leader. "It's more important for us to have him as majority leader," said LaValle.

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