Like we noted last week, the Queens County Republican Party is once again fighting amongst itself for control of the party, an event that apparently happens every two years. It's as regular as the Olympics.
The feud includes the same players as in the past: Phil Ragusa and his camp and the Haggerty Brothers. Both sides held separate elections last week to elect a new head of the party, and both Ragusa and former councilman Thomas Ognibene were “elected” to fill the post.
And both filed their respective results with the Board of Elections, so it looks like the dispute will end up in court. Again.
But now we're getting word from some on-the-ground Republicans who are getting a little fed up with constant power struggle, and are now starting to ask the question, “why do we have to choose between either?”
Instead, they're pinning their hopes on a fresh face in the Queens County Republican Party: newly elected Congressman Bob Turner.
Taking their cue from the Queens Democratic Party, which has strong leadership and solidarity and, coincidentally, a congressman as their head, some Queens GOP members are discussing among themselves that it might be time to go in a completely different direction and name Turner head of the party.
While discussing the idea with one GOP member, it gradually started to make sense. The move would put a political figure with some clout at the head of the party, instead of someone with little political power.
And the move could also help to up the profile of the Queens County Republican Party in Washington, D.C. Who knows, with a little bit of help from the Republican National Committee, maybe Queens could start to move a little to the right. At least in some parts of the borough, it certainly appears to be headed that way already.
Unfortunately for this middle-of-the-road faction, it doesn't look like Turner – the self-anointed “citizen-candidate” – has much interest in getting down in the political muck, at least not yet. That might change if his seat isn't eliminated in redistricting and he faces a formidable Democratic foe in the next election and needs some help.
So, it looks like once again a judge will decide who heads the Queens County Republican Party.