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Turner talks GOP chair

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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 10:30 am

Republicans at the borough and state level are declining to comment on a published report in which Congressman Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn) said he might be interested in becoming the chairman of the Republican Party in Queens.

Turner told the New York Post on Sept. 27 that he would be interested in the job if there was a vacancy.

Phil Ragusa is the current chairman of the Republican party that has been riven with dissent, primarily from a faction led by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). Turner was quoted as saying “If I can bring peace to the valley, I’d be happy to do this.”

Top party officials backed Juan Reyes in a primary for the 15th State Senate District that Ulrich won handily. Turner and Ulrich have been unavailable for comment. State leadership in Albany called it a local issue.

Phone messages and emails to Ragusa, Queens GOP spokesman Robert Hornak and the party’s office asking about Turner’s remarks and whether they will support Ulrich against state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) were not returned.

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