By Roger Stone Ed CoxChanging the rules at the Convention if your candidate is losing is a tradition in the Republican Party. Such a move nominated Dwight D.Eisenhower and started the trajectory of New York Republican party Chairman Ed Cox's father-in-law, Richard M. Nixon to the Vice Presidency and eventually to the White House. The Eisenhower forces - lead by New York Governor Tom Dewey and his Chief Counsel Herbert Brownell, later to be Eisenhower's Attorney General, came into Chicago with front runner Robert A. Taft in firm control of the chair and the rules and credentials committees. Ike's team ran a brilliant gambit to unseat the Texas Taft delegates and seat a rival slate pledged to the General. Such a change required a 50 % plus 1 vote of the entire convention. Delegations pledged to minor candidates voted with the Eisenhower forces and the credentials committee report was over turned and pro-Ike Texans put Eisenhower over the top.The test vote showed Taft was licked. New York Republican State Chairman Ed Cox has elected not to try such a rule change at the New York GOP Convention the first week of June. Because Cox's candidate Steve Levy waited until this year to become a Republican, current rules require him to get 51% of the convention vote to qualify for the primary. Levy is stuck at around 30%. Levy operative Mike Hook is telling county chairman that Levy has 45% but that is a bogus claim. Lazio hovers around 50% while Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino is at 15% with his big home base of Erie and smaller pockets of support around the state. After consultation with respected Republican Party counsel Jeff Buley, Cox has rejected any devisive rule change but will push a vote authorizing Levy for the primary with just 25%. With the opposition of both the Lazio and Paladino forces such a motion is doomed. Levy is toast. The New York Conservative Party which meets on May 28th is certain to nominate former Congressman and banking lobbyist Rick Lazio. With Paladino expected to petition his way on to the GOP Primary ballot and pledging to collect enough signatures to put a Tea Party oriented line on the November ballot, it may be curtains for the Conservative Party. Should Paladino prevail over the pro-choice, pro-gun control, Lazio in the Republican Primary it is unlikely that Lazio can garner the 50,000 votes Long's party will need to preserve their place on the ballot. It looks to me like the Republican nominee to run against Andrew Cuomo will be decided in the Republican primary and that neither candidate in the primary will be Steve Levy.