Rockland GOP leader bid to be next NYS Republican chairman

Buoyed by a major victory in his county in last month’s interim congressional election, Rockland GOP Chairman Lawrence Garvey is tossing his hat to become the next leader of the New York Republican Party — boasting that he knows how to win on Democrat soil.

Garvey, who has been Rockland’s chairman for eight years, pointed to the achievements of Republican candidates in a county where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1.

He cited local Rep. Michael Lawler’s impressive victory over Democratic Congressional Committee Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney for a newly drawn seat in the Hudson Valley House of Representatives last month — as a feather in his cap helping Republicans win the House majority to win back.

“We had a fantastic year. Michael Lawler slew the proverbial dragon,” Garvey said in a letter he is distributing to Republican district leaders and party committee members across the state.

He also noted that Republican Bill Weber defeated the Democratic incumbent for the first term
Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick to recapture a Senate seat for the GOP in the region. And Garvey added that Republican John McGowan retained Lawler’s assembly seat in GOP hands.

“In a district where we have a 2-to-1 disadvantage of Democrats to Republicans and a 1-to-1 disadvantage of Independents to Republicans, we’ve consistently won races year after year. Our county executive is a Republican and three of the five cities are Republican-owned. We proudly stand up for our values ​​at Rockland and successfully drag voters down the aisle every election to win,” he wrote.

Zeldin considered running for the next Republican National Committee chairman.
Outgoing Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin, who campaigned heavily as the Republican nominee for governor, will have a say in who will be the state’s next GOP chair.
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“That’s the mentality we need to bring across the country. In a democratic state, we must work harder and smarter to attract voters from all backgrounds, from all political persuasions, from all religions, from all corners of our state. Our focus must be on leveling the playing field, and that starts with voter registration campaigns. It is crucial that we grow. New Yorkers believe in our message and they agree with our principles, let’s sign them up and make it official!”

GOP insiders said the race is wide open to replace state GOP chairman Nick Langworthy, who was elected to Congress to represent a Buffalo regional district and will step down as party chairman in January.

Sources say that outgoing Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin, who had a surprisingly competitive run as the Republican nominee for governor, and outgoing GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy will have a big say in the matter. Zeldin considered running for the next chair of the Republican National Committee, but recently resigned.

The Long Island GOP, which has the largest vote in the state party, and Rep. Elise Stefanik, chair of the House Republican Conference, also have a say.

Other potential candidates mentioned by sources for the chair of the state GOP include former Westchester County executive Rob Astorino and assembly members Colin Schmitt and Chris Tague. Rockland GOP leader bid to be next NYS Republican chairman


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