Troubles are mounting for Victor N. Farley, who lost the support of three more Republican leaders Wednesday.
Party chiefs in Alden, Marilla and Newstead said they would not support Farley for re-election as Erie County GOP chairman.
The no-confidence votes came on the heels of public statements by Republican leaders in Amherst, Clarence and Cheektowaga and by the West Seneca GOP Town Committee, calling for a change in the leadership of the county Republican Party.
Farley, in his 12th year as party leader, has announced he will seek re-election to another two-year term.
"The election is in September and we plan to move forward," Farley said. He said the leaders who have grievances with the way he has run the party "should have talked to me about their complaints instead of washing their linen in public."
"I haven't seen some of them for a long time," he said.
John N. Fisher, GOP leader in Alden, said he polled his committee about two weeks ago and that the 16 members were unanimous in recommending Farley be replaced as county chairman.
"It's nothing personal," Fisher said. "We just don't like the way things have been going in the last two years."
Mary Giambra, GOP leader in Marilla, said that she has polled her committee and that all eight
members want Farley to resign.
"We need someone we can work with," Ms. Giambra said.
Donald L. Cummings, the Newstead town supervisor and GOP leader, said his committee of 12 members has voted unanimously not to support Farley for re-election.
"We just feel we need a change," Cummings said. All three said they are keeping their options open on a successor to Farley.
Assemblyman Thomas M. Reynolds of Springville, Tonawanda GOP Town Chairman Robert E. Davis and Thomas A. Loughran, an Amherst restaurateur, are mentioned prominently as possible successors.
Eugene F. Pigott Jr., a former county attorney who unsuccessfully challenged Farley in 1988, also said he is interested in the chairmanship.
Farley has come under fire on a number of fronts in recent years.
One GOP faction has been critical of his support of Mayor Griffin, an enrolled Democrat who was re-elected in 1981, 1985 and 1989 with the backing of the Republican Party.
In 1987, Republicans lost the office of county executive for the first time, a setback that dealt Farley and the GOP organization a major blow in terms of patronage and fund-raising capabilities.
Last year, Farley was criticized for not fielding a candidate for sheriff and for running a candidate against County Comptroller Alfreda W. Slominski, a Republican who was re-elected with the support of the Democratic Party.