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If so, this Cox 'search' bad news for Levy: Updated

From Liz B:

State GOP Chairman Ed Cox is so worried about party-flipping Suffolk County Steve Levy’s chances of getting on the ballot at the party’s upcoming convention that he has been actively recruiting a fourth gubernatorial candidate, multiple sources confirm.

Less than one month ago, Cox approached Dennis Mullen, a Rochester businessman who was confirmed by the Senate last week as ESDC chairman, to sound him out about potentially running, according to a source with direct knowledge of the conversation.

Mullen was president and CEO of the Greater Rochester Enterprise, an economic development organization, but he is perhaps best known as a former senior executive at Birds Eye Foods Inc. for 15 years.

State GOP spokesman Alex Carey insisted to me in no uncertain terms that Mullen and Cox never discussed the posssibility of Mullen running for governor, although he did confirm the two spoke several weeks ago.

Below is the full posting.

UPDATE: Alex Carey, state GOP spokesman, said Cox is still with Levy and denies any 'search' for a new candidate. He says the prospect of M. Myers Mermel switching from LG to governor was distorted into an untrue account.


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