Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich gave a speech at the New York State Republican Party dinner tonight in Midtown Manhattan. Mr. Gingrich ended by answering the question that was on everyone’s mind–why he’s still campaigning even though it’s clear his rival, Mitt Romney, has secured the nomination.
“I’m going to say, in closing, that I don’t want any of you to be confused about this and I dont want the media to be confused, I’ve stayed in the race to articulate big themes and big issues,” Mr. Gingrich said.
The New York Republican State Committee blasted Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today, accusing her of benefiting from inside information when she was in the House of Representatives. Ms. Gillibrand is currently championing the fight to ban insider trading for federal representatives, which State GOP Chairman Ed Cox claims is hypocritical.
“In purporting to be a champion of insider trading reform – in a fundraising appeal no less – Ms. Gillibrand may be being too cute by half,” he said in a statement this morning. “This may not pass the smell test.”
New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox did not take kindly to comments Attorney General Eric Schneiderman made about Mitt Romney and he fired back with a scathing statement. “Being called ‘out of touch’ by Eric Schneiderman is like being called ‘ugly’ by a toad,” Mr. Cox said.
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Ed Lurie has been quietly planning for over a year to overthrow Ed Cox as chairman of the state Republican Party.
But the former executive director of the state party told The Politicker last week that he is “deactivating” his campaign, citing a complacency among county chairs about the direction of the party and the difficulties of fundraising.
The New York State Republican Party didn’t waste any time trying to raise money for a potential special election in New York’s 9th District.
While reporters were still waiting for Anthony Weiner to arrive in Sheepshead Bay, state Republicans sent out an email appealing for contributions, in an effort to flip the Democratic seat.