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Syracuse pol considers challenging Cox for GOP leadership

ALBANY - A Syracuse Republican said Monday he is considering challenging Ed Cox for the state GOP chairmanship.

Tom Dadey Jr., Onondaga County GOP chairman, said he's "received numerous phone calls from people encouraging me to consider leading the state Republican Party."

"Therefore, in the coming days I will listen to my fellow county chairs and state committee members and give serious thought to whether I can contribute to that effort as chairman of the state Republican Party," Dadey said in a statement sent to reporters.

Republican county leaders are slated to vote on the leadership post next Monday at a meeting in Albany.

Cox, son-in-law of late President Richard Nixon, has led the party since 2009, succeeding Joseph Mondello of Nassau County. Over the last six years, the party regained control of the state Senate and gained congressional seats --- but failed to win a single statewide contest. In fact, no Republican has won statewide since George Pataki won a third term in 2002.

Cox upset some party members by backing former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, a Democrat-turned-Republican, for governor in 2010. Levy eventually failed to get on the GOP primary ballot and Carl Paladino of Buffalo routed ex-Congressman Rick Lazio to win the nomination.

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