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GOP emails reveal discontent among leadership

But the following emails show at least some Republicans had an issue with a past $150 donation Lebron made to the campaign of Democratic County Legislator Bryan Clenahan.

Lebron said Clenahan is an old friend and the donation was not political.

"I knew him before I even ran in 2009 for mayor," Lebron said in an interview, adding Clenehan had helped him with a closing on a home during a time of need.

"I couldn't think of a better way to thank him than go to a friend's fundraiser and support him," Lebron said.

Lebron said the majority of the petition signatures collected on his behalf came from the Town of Bethlehem. The party's decision there to back Democrat Kyle Kotary in the race for town supervisor has apparently been controversial with other members of the party.

"The sell out deal struck to nominate former dysfunctional senate den staffer Kyle Kotary for supervisor and also former tim gordon staffer mark jordan for judge is really beyond the pale of sanity," wrote Nelligan in an email.

It's unclear if the later participants knew, cared or intended that the media were privy to the discussion.

In a few instances, Busch interjected herself into the conversation to ask participants discontinue the discussion, reminding those involved the emails were going out to the media.

"Really this was not the forum. This should have been discussed at committee meetings," she said in a later interview. "Melody [Burns] really at this point should provide an apology to everybody on that list."

Burns"who was pulled up to the county leadership last year from her position of Bethlehem chairwoman"apparently didn't reenter the conversation after her original email. Today she said she had effectively been "excommunicated" from the GOP leadership because of her efforts to organize the Capital District GOP Women's Council PAC.

"I don't receive notices when they have meetings, I don't know what's going on," she said.

Clarey could not immediately be reached.

The GOP's picnic will take place at Thacher Park from 1-4 p.m. in the Green House location on Sunday, July 24. Special guest will be Former Brooklyn Dodger Ralph Branca and there will be an apple pie bakeoff. It's $10 per individual or $15 per family to attend. The picnic is billed as "an American event."

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