Nathan Lebron is asking for Albany County GOP Chairman Don Clarey to step down from his post for dysfunction in the party, his lack of organization and a disregard for the committee structure.
In a press release put out this morning, Lebron, a Colonie resident vying for the GOP's full endorsement, said that Clarey denied him an interview for the endorsement and is putting forth another candidate to primary him.
I have spoken to many members of the executive committee regarding the interview process and was informed there were no interviews conducted for the county executive position, he said. "The executive committee had met to discuss the redistricting issue and were told that I was a place holder for the position. At no time did I tell Mr. Clarey that I was a place holder, I am a serious candidate for the position and am prepared to meet the challenge of the campaign."
Clarey said and emergency meeting was called to discuss a candidate to run in the race for Albany County Executive against Democratic Candidate Dan McCoy on the evening of Monday, June 6. He said he then discovered after talking with the parties election lawyer, Peter Kosinski, that the parties bylaws were silent on endorsing any candidates.
"I thought we could," Clarey said of the party's ability to endorse a candidate. "But he [Konsinski] advised me that we don't have the structure in place to endorse in contested races or in that matter, the rules are silent on any endorsements."
There was another candidate that had expressed interest in running for the position, Clarey said, and the only way for the party to conduct a fair process was by having a primary with him and Lebron. The man soon changed his mind and said because of his commitment to his family and his business that he would not be able to run.