From Mr. Madore's account on Friday:
Edward Cox, chairman of the state Republican committee and a Levy backer, said Lazio had been energized by Levy's candidacy. "Rick has really picked up his game," Cox said. "Rick is a good candidate and would make a good governor, too."
That's not what we've been hearing, of course, from Cox's preferred candidate, Steve Levy. The context was Levy's prediction that there would be a primary for the governor's nomination and he'd win.
Many questions are raised. Would he win? Is there a bluff? Is Levy perhaps banking on Lazio to drop out before confronting a difficult internal party fight that leaves the nomination unresolved until September?
Would and could the Levy and Lazio sides spend the resources necessary to compete in the recently-unexplored terrain of a statewide primary? Might a primary actually be a healthy exercise, for the besieged state Republicans? Could Levy win in the general against Andrew Cuomo if Lazio stays in on the Conservative line, or might Mike Long and his executive committee reconsider at a later time?