Political power struggle continues among Westchester Republicans

Jim Cavanaugh (R) is facing two political battles. He is currently chairman of the Westchester Republican Party and wants to continue in that role. However, on Primary Night, Cavanaugh lost in a Republican Party challenge to Anthony Colavita, now the Republican candidate for town supervisor in Eastchester. Now, some Republicans are calling for Cavanaugh to step down from one role or the other. They say that Cavanaugh cannot serve as party leader and oppose a Republican candidate for town supervisor at the same time.Supporters of Colavita say that it is time for a change, and that the Republicans have lost a good deal of power in the county. They also reference an abundance of "backroom deals," which some claim were made by former county GOP leader, State Senator Nick Spano. Cavanaugh, however, denies that Spano is pulling any strings, saying "the days of old party bosses haven't been around for a long time."Cavanaugh is expected to announce his decision Wednesday evening on whether he will withdraw from the race for Eastchester supervisor or run as a third-party candidate.

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