ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- The decision has been made by Onondaga County Republican Party Chairman Thomas Dadey to not decide yet on a candidate for mayor of Syracuse.
Dadey had until the close of business Monday for the Onondaga County Board of Elections to place a name on the ballot for the mayor's race. For the time being, the name will be that of Kevin Kuehner, who is also on the ballot in the race for councilor at large.
Dadey says there is a strong possibility that Kuehner may eventually withdraw from the race in a way that allows another replacement to be named. That puts off a final decision until after the September 10th primary.
Democrat Patrick Hogan has been reluctant to discuss the potential for running on the republican line prior to the democratic vote in that primary. This plan could postpone the decision until after the vote.
In a news conference Monday, Hogan was non-committal again on a republican endorsement.
"I haven't talked to anybody in charge in a month. Anything I say is going to become idle speculation like it has before. We'll cross that road, if it happens. If it doesn't happen," Hogan said.
Dadey would not say what method will be followed in eventually removing Kuehner from the ballot that would allow for a new candidate to be named.