The Monroe County Conservative Party chairman Tom Cook told Gannett’s Albany Bureau yesterday Sen. James Alesi wouldn’t get the county’s GOP nomination.
“Believe me. I’ve had like a laser beam my eye on this,” Cook said. “Jim Alesi is not going to get the Republican designation at the convention.”
Cook explained what the New York Times described today: Local GOP leaders aren’t behind Alesi.
Gannett reported yesterday that Assemblyman Sean Hanna, R-Mendon, Monroe County, is considering a Republican challenge to Alesi.
Alesi told Gannett yesterday that he’s unfazed by the potential challenge. He said he would run in a primary with or without the party’s nomination.
“I got here on a primary. It’s a fact of political life, but so far nobody said they are primarying me,” said Alesi, who was first elected in 1996. “I’m the only person declared that he’s running for the 55th Senate district.”
The state Conservative Party has vowed to run candidates against the four Republican senators who supported the same-sex marriage bill last year. Alesi was the first Republican senator to support the measure.
Alesi also angered constituents last year when he sued a couple in his district after he trespassed on their property and broke his leg. He dropped the suit amid the backlash.