Guest post by Cindy Grosz
***This opinion article is part of a series about the future of the New York State Republican leadership. Thank you all for your amazing response. Previous article here.
It seems as if a lot of “egos” are very interested in picking your candidates, telling you what issues are worth battling, spending the money you donate the way they want and counting your votes.
As of this writing, the current Chair, congressman-elect, Nick Langworthy, hasn’t resigned. He might be trying to take a page out of Congressman Gregory Meeks’s book. Meeks NY-05, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also heads the Queens County Democratic Party in his home borough of 2.3 million people, a population larger than most U.S. cities that has a diverse range of voters.
Whether or not he wants to retain the leadership, others are actively seeking support to challenge him, both publicly and privately.
GOP county chairs are meeting in Manhattan next week. Because of the successes in Nassau in the 2021 and 2022 elections, Joseph Cairo has been named most mentioned. However, rumors are he is not interested.
Other chairs being mentioned as potential chairs include Suffolk County’s Jesse Garcia, Rockland County Chairman Lawrence Garvey, and Manhattan GOP Chair Andrea Catsimatidis. As for upstate participation in the process, one name getting some support is Erie County’s Mike Kracker, who became county GOP chair when Langworthy took the state role.
Rumors are surrounding the previous New York State Chair, Ed Cox, who has been very involved in raising money for national candidates and enjoying the spotlight in media appearances the past year.
Should We Look For A “Different” Potential Candidate?
As New Yorkers fear that they can never win a statewide election after Lee Zeldin’s loss, voters are wondering if we need a new approach in the choice of chairmanship. Names like Curtis Sliwa and Rob Astorino come to mind. Both are well known throughout the state and know the people of the state, not just the republicans.
Whoever Applies Needs To Know
Let’s face it, New York republicans are very angry. Yes, in certain areas we made progress. However, the thought of voters never winning a senate or gubernatorial seat scares us.
There needs to be a change in running the state party, whoever wins. Your voters, who happen to sign your paycheck are going to demand the following:
This is just a small “laundry list” of matters concerning republican voters, actually a majority of voters.
Extending The Base
How can this new leader extend a base so that libertarians, conservatives, independents and even democrats support a republican candidate? It isn’t an impossible task, but one that needs strong leadership and creative planning.
Do we really need more parties? Competitive parties? Is New York a two party state?
These are questions a candidate for chairmanship must answer. They also must be firm in selecting county chairs that will work with them and prove that they should be leading those areas. They also must be approachable for every voter.
Voters should demand to see a potential chair’s goals at winning the local elections of 2023. Is there a winning strategy? Are they offering new candidates? What issues will they take to the public?
The elections of 2023 should be a good litmus test for what to expect in the presidential and congressional races of 2024.
A good leader in 2023 knows that fact and will address it immediately.
There should also be some ideas as to who should run for United States Senator against incumbent Kristen Gillibrand in 2024.
Finally, the next New York State GOP chair MUST make it known to the Republican National Committee, SuperPACS and presidential candidates that if they don’t recognize the New York volunteer, donor and voter, then we will no longer support them. If they can’t make it here, they won’t make it anywhere.
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Cindy Grosz is The Jewess Patriot, Today's Jewish Activist syndicated through Conservative Television of America, Real Talk Radio and the Black and White Network. The show streams through RokuTV, Amazon FireTV, iHeart, Spotify and Deezer and out of Israel through Jewish Podcasts. She ran for congress in 2020. She is the chair of Jewish Vote GOP and a Jewish advisor for many 2022 candidates. Her lawsuit against the NYCDOE exposes scandals and corruption within public schools. She can be reached through [email protected]