As expected, Ed Cox was re-elected Monday to another two-year term as state Republican chairman.
At the GOP committee meeting in suburban Albany, a challenge never materialized from Tom Dadey of Syracuse, who said a week earlier he was considering taking on Cox. Appetite for a fight faded at the end of last week, some Republicans said, although some tried to gauge whether Suffolk County GOP chairman John Jay LaValle would be interested in running for the spot.
By the end, no one formally challenged Cox on the floor, allowing him to capture a fourth term. Suffolk cast its ballots for Cox, as did Nassau County, which was represented by Assemb. Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa) at the state committee meeting.
"We were never concerned about it," a smiling Cox said after the vote.
He urged the party to stay unified -- in part because Republicans face a huge enrollment disadvantage in the state -- and to focus on economic messages and growth as it campaigns ahead.