Local Republican state legislators and political leaders are pushing for a new state party chairman to revitalize a party that is out of power in Albany following the November elections.
State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54 of Canandaigua, and Assemblyman Brian Manktelow, R-130 of Lyons, are endorsing Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy to replace State Republican Committee Chairman Ed Cox. They were joined by Seneca County Republican Party Chairman Thomas Fox of Varick.
Langworthy is challenging incumbent state GOP chairman Edward Cox of New York for the position.
“We must rebuild, revitalize and renew our Republican Party in New York State,” Fox said. “Nick Langworthy is the right person to steer this ship and do the job.”
Langworthy has been chairman of the Erie County Republican Committee for nine years. Cox, a son-in-law of former President Richard Nixon, has been state chairman since 2009. His term expires in September.
Langworthy has been traveling across the state garnering support for the state chairmanship following the 2018 elections, which resulted in Republicans losing control of the state Senate. They have not won a statewide race since Gov. George Pataki was re-elected in 2002.
“Now, more than ever, we need strong, bold leadership with an aggressive strategy that will re-energize our party, grow our grassroots efforts, and put us on the path to victory,” Helming said. “I am proud to endorse Nick Langworthy as the next chairman, to rebuild our party and to restore Republican control of New York State.”
Said Manktelow: “Nick Langworthy is the strong, energetic leader we need. The time is now to elect him as our new state chairman. There is a lot of work to do, but together we can get the job done and make sure that we provide voters with a real alternative to the progressive liberal politicians that are working overtime to force their agenda on New York.”
Wayne County GOP Chairman Bob Oaks also has endorsed Langworthy.
“Our Republican Party needs a new direction and a fresh leader,” Oaks said. “That’s why I support Chairman Langworthy. … His experience and passion for our values and spreading our message is exactly what we want. Let’s work together to rebuild the Grand Old Party,” Oaks sai
A new chairman will be elected at a statewide Republican gathering this summer.
Reporter David L. Shaw contributed to this story.