Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio is calling out Suffolk GOP Leader John Jay LaValle for what he calls 'party disloyalty' and wants him out of office.
Vecchio has asked state Republican chairman Edward Cox to oust LaValle from office, claiming LaValle lied to party voters in a last-minute letter campaign letter that claimed his opponent, Councilman Robert Creighton, was the party-endorsed candidate in the primary,Newsday reports.
Vecchio won the Sept. 10 primary over Creighton by 3,245 votes to 2,566 votes, according to Suffolk County Board of Elections. The 36-year incumbent will run for re-election to supervisor's seat in November.
Despite this victory, Vecchio is asking his party to take punitive measures against LaValle.
"He should be sanctioned and removed from his position as county chairman and regional vice chairman for the state party at the very least,” Vecchio said in the two-page letter reports Newsday.
LaValle will be seeking re-election as the county's Republican chairman this Friday.