Apparently, right after postponing the GOP convention in an effort to get more (some?) candidates, Tony Sinagra resigned as City Chair.
No official reason has been made public nor has it even been publicly confirmed. My information comes from GOP Committeemen.
A few months ago, Sinagra engineered a coup and deposed Bruce McLean. One assumed he had a plan. Guess not.
My belief is that he resigned rather than be the Chair of record when the City GOP leaves as many as 12 positions blank.
The City Republicans were on the verge of becoming a force in city politics until 2 major blunders by Sinagra crippled the party for the foreseeable future.
First, after deciding to support Alderman Turco-Levin as Minority Leader, he went on the attack against Ron Polacco for absolutely no reason. He should have made a statement complimenting Ron and saying something like he knew Ron might be interested in seeking Alderman at Large and thus might not have time to be leader.
Instead, he attacked him for no reason. This made Ron an enemy. Ron thereafter had no reason to make any deals with him and guaranteed a primary.
Second, he privately promised me support For Mayor. Then, at the last minute, turned on me the night before the convention. By then, I had received the endorsement of the Conservative Party and had given my word to them that I would run.
Had he come to me a few weeks before like a man and told me he was backing Andi, I would have gotten out and ran for Alderman at Large. Andi and I would have made a good ticket. Campaigning together, we would have beaten Ron and had a real chance in the general.
Instead, he knifed me at the last minute and left me in a position to either walk away with my tail between my legs and break my word to the Conservatives or fight back. I chose to fight.
The result was that Ron won the primary, and my supporters and Andi's supporters were all upset and felt robbed. Ron never got the full support of the City Committee and felt gipped.
Numerous committeemen resigned and the committee was never the same. A few months later, Sinagra resigned.
Now, after coming back with promises of great things, he resigns on the eve of the convention and leaves Joe Ingarra and Jerry Brown (his Vice Chairs and 2 good men) holding the bag.
Meanwhile, the Conservative Party will interview candidates on Tuesday, June 9th, at 7 pm. I cannot promise a full ticket, but we will be close.