Bethlehem GOP chair and member deny bigotry allegations

In a later interview, when asked what he thought of the situation involving King, Morand responded, "He's a smart guy, Jared's a very smart person but if he only put that towards good."

Another point of contention is the fact that even though Albany County and the Bethlehem committee endorsed James Buhrmaster in the 21st Congressional Primary, King carried petition for Republican challenger Steven Vasquez as well.

"Jared didn't carry Jim's petition, he carried Steve's and never told us," Burns said. "I didn't know about any of that until after the fact, and I was like, 'What's going on?'"

King said he carried Vasquez's petition only after getting "a significant number of signatures" for Buhrmaster, and only to give people a choice. He also said his committee wasn't given a choice.

"The party endorsed Jim Buhrmaster, but we were never asked who we would like to endorse," King said. "I gave people a choice, that's our job as elected committee people." King said choice is the most important process in a primary and said he and his supporters within the committee did not like Buhrmaster's ties to former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno." We don't like special interest politicians. We don't like Joe Bruno," he said.

Buhrmaster was only one of a number of various local, county and state Republicans and committee members named in King's e-mails. Others include Albany County Commissioner and County Republican Party Chairman John Graziano; Albany County GOP attorney Tom Marcelle; and Albany County District Attorney candidate and attorney Roger Cusick.

Calls to Graziano regarding the Bethlehem Republican Committee infighting were unreturned as of press time.

"They just sit there and say 'We're losing because of George Bush,' which is partly true, but they're just not doing their job as committee people." King said. "The only real difference between the Democrats and Republicans is that the Democrats fight for real power and Republicans fight over nothing."

King said his next step is to ask the committee members who support him if they want to form their own party or move forward within in the committee.


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