The GOP’s Uncivil War

Endorsements are a pretty common practice during election season, and the script for these events rarely changes.

A group decides on a candidate, they hold an event to announce their endorsement, with plenty of photos and enough press to get the word out.

Someone forgot to tell the Queens Republican party and GOP candidate for Mayor Joe Lhota.

The Queens GOP, mired in a longstanding Civil War for control, finally endorsed Lhota with a press release last week, no event was scheduled or announced, and the candidate had no comment thanking the group.

Lhota, it seems, was still a liitle upset with Phil Ragusa‘s faction for, as he put it during an editorial board meeting with us, refusing to speak to him during the primary.

Ragusa’s Queens GOPers back Lhota’s rival, John Catsimatidis.

Lhota instead went down to Ozone Park for a fundraiser for Councilman Eric Ulrich, who is leading the charge to give control of the county organization to Bob Turner.

If Lhota wins next week, could Ragusa’s days be numbered?