Influential New York City Republican State Senator Marty Golden lent his endorsement to Joe Lhota in this year’s upcoming mayoral race, according to a report by the New York Post.
According to the Post, Golden’s endorsement represents a small fissure in a Republican Party looking to capture the city’s top post through a more independent route:
Golden’s endorsement of Lhota puts him at odds with his GOP Brooklyn chairman, Craig Eaton, who is backing former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, a former Democrat turned independent who is expected to run on the Independence Party line while also seeking GOP support.
“A lot of the elected leaders will go with Lhota,” Golden told the Post. “There will be an endorsement across-the-board.”