WHITE PLAINS — A Tea Party activist is the latest challenger hoping to unseat Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in the 2013 race.
Kurt Colucci, an anti-tax writer and former teacher from New Rochelle, said today he will formally announce his candidacy at 11 a.m. Friday at the county Board of Elections at 25 Quarropas St.
Colucci said in a statement that while he backed Astorino in the 2009 election, he has since grown outraged by the first-term Republican’s “political gamesmanship” of borrowing to control taxes.
“Rob Astorino lied to me, lied to the Conservatives, lied to the Tea Party — and I am fed up,” Colucci said. “It’s a sham job, and he can’t hide it forever.” Colucci did not respond to a request for further comment.
Colucci has helped organize several Tea Party rallies in Westchester and is the author of the 2011 book “A Taxslaves Manifesto.”
Also challenging Astorino are three Democrats: Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins of Yonkers, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and Legislator Bill Ryan of White Plains.