Republican State Chairman Ed Cox met with New York’s 62 GOP county chairs this afternoon and said that 2012 was shaping up to be another 1980–when Republicans took New York in the presidential election and elected Al D’Amato to the U.S. Senate.
The D’Amato example is instructive. Mr. Cox told the county chairs, ”Needless to say, one of our highest priorities will be to increase our majority in the State Senate, and elect more Republicans to the Assembly. “We also believe that Senator Gillibrand is vulnerable, and there are at least two highly qualified Republicans interested in challenging her.”
It is interesting that Mr. Cox has limited the number of “highly qualified Republicans interested in challenging her” to two. Internet entrepreneur Marc Cenedella has been taking a long look at the race, as has Daniel Rubino, a CEO of an investment advisory firm. George Maragos, the Nassau County comptroller, has already declared for the race, but no less a figure than Fred Dicker puts the fact that Mr. Maragos “announced” in “scare quotes,” demonstrating the fact that Mr. Maragos isn’t seen as serious by GOP brass, even though he is the only official candidate with election day 11 months away.
Also, it is worth noting that Mr. Dicker floated Mr. Cox’s name in that same column.
And Mr. Cox pointed out to the chairs the areas in which he believes Ms. Gillibrand is vulnerable.
“She was AGAINST gay marriage as a member of the House, FOR gay marriage the day she was appointed to the Senate.
“She was FOR “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell” as a member of the House, AGAINST “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as a Senator.
“She was AGAINST gun control as a member of the House – where she earned a 100% rating from the NRA… FOR gun control as a Senator.
“She was AGAINST amnesty for illegals as a member of the House, FOR amnesty as a Senator.
“She was FOR making English the official language in the House, AGAINST making English the official language as a Senator.”