Essex County Republican Chairman Ronald Jackson said he "probably will" introduce a resolution of "no confidence" in state Republican Chairman Ed Cox at the state GOP convention that begins in Manhattan on Tuesday.
"If the only thing stopping us from getting united is Mr. Cox, I probably will," Jackson said Monday. "I'll play it by ear, but I'd say it's more likely than not."
Jackson said earlier this month he was thinking about calling for a no confidence vote at the convention, and reiterated his intention in a telephone interview on Monday.
Jackson, an early supporter of GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio, said he is upset with Cox's support in the governor's race for Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, who only recently his enrollment from Democrat to Republican.
The enrollment change does not take effect until after the November election.
Jackson said his complaint is that Cox is supporting a candidate who is still technically registered as a Democrat, not because he and Cox differ on choice of a preferred candidate.
"As far as I'm concerned he (Cox) can support any Republican he wants. ... I just have a problem with a Republican chair supporting a Democrat -- and he's a Democrat till after the election no matter what happens -- when there's Republicans running," Jackson said. "There's three Republicans running at the moment, and I would think one of them ought to be able to please the state chair."
In addition to Lazio and Levy, Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino and Westchester County businessman M. Myers Mermel, are seeking the GOP nomination.
Jackson said he has not spoken with Lazio about his intention to call for a vote of no confidence in Cox.