Just two weeks after soldiers from the Ron Paul Army the world over demanded his resignation, some foes much closer to home decided to launch an assault on the leadership of longtime Rockland GOP Chairman Vincent Reda.
At a Ramapo Republican committee meeting former Congressional and Ramapo Town Supervisor candidate (and sometimes Rockland County Times opinion section columnist) Anthony Mele charged Reda with being less than loyal to Republican candidates in several instances over the past decade. He also made similar accusations against Ramapo Chairman Michael J. Dolan
Mele said Reda and Dolan ought to resign for such alleged infractions as:
– Not helping Joe Brennan properly file petitions when he tried to challenge Chris St. Lawrence for Ramapo Town Supervisor in 2005, leading to his failure to get on the ballot
– Not actively supporting Anthony Mele when he ran against St. Lawrence in 2007, and instead horse-trading for “bloc vote” support in another election
– Chairman Dolan supporting Democrat Carl Wright instead of Republican Marino Fontana in 2008 Sloatsburg mayoral election
– Dolan and Reda not supporting Republican Bob Romanowski in his 2009 campaign against St. Lawrence
– Reda appearing to support Alex Gromack instead of GOP candidate Ralph Sabatini in 2011 Clarkstown Supervisor race
– Helping Bronx County Republican Chairman Jay Savino get a “patronage job” in the Town of Clarsktown
Dolan responded to Mele’s confrontation by threatening to call police, Mele claimed.
In 2012 GOP committee seats are up for election and Mele and others are trying to encourage new blood to get into those committee seats and have a say in the inner-workings of the party.