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The Daily Politics: 15 GOP Chairs Seek To Draft Collins

December 28, 2009

Just in case you didn’t see it, earlier this afternoon, The Daily Politics posted the following story about crew of GOP chairmen endorsing Chris Collins (absent from the list, you’ll notice, is Kings County):

The battle for the 2010 GOP gubernatorial nomination is on.

Fifteen Republican county chairs have signed a letter urging Erie County Executive Chris Collins to run for governor next year, citing his success at holding the fiscal line in Western New York and exhibiting “bold and committed leadership.”

The chairs hail from – Albany, Erie, the Bronx, Allegany, Franklin, Livingston, Orleans, Rensselaer, Cattaraugus, Jefferson, Seneca, Onondaga, Genesee, Delaware and Cayuga.

“In the last two years, you have proven that running government in business principles works,” the chairmen wrote.”…It is now time to put taxpayers first in New York State like you have in Erie County. By doing so, you are also further advancing the needs of Erie County taxpayers by doing for them at the state level what you are doing for them at the county level.”

There is overlap between these chairs and the list of early supporters of Ed Cox’s successful bid for the state GOP chairmanship.

There are a few surprises in this group. For example, Bronx GOP Chairman Jay Savino is a close ally of Rudy Giuliani, who not only recently endorsed former Rep. Rick Lazio for governor, but also supported former Niagara County GOP Chairman Henry Wojtaszek against Collins backer Cox.


To see the letter and to read the story on the Daily Politics, just click here.

  1. Amore di Lazio permalink
    December 28, 2009 9:48 pm

    Isn’t it about time Craig and Golden finally endorse Lazio?

    • Brooklyn Reformer permalink
      December 28, 2009 10:23 pm

      They’re going to endorse young Cuomo, just like their “hero” Giuliani did when he endorsed the elder.
      Look how far Rudy went.
      No surprise,Democrats in disguise as Republicans supporting other Democrats.

      True Republicans want Real Republican Reform!
      Shruggers Rock!

  2. Ha Ha Ha permalink
    December 28, 2009 10:25 pm

    Shruggers are punks- they block opposition

  3. Young Republican permalink
    December 28, 2009 10:42 pm

    Why does everything have to be about what Eaton is going to do, think, say, about it? Why can’t we have an open and honest discussion about the merits of the two candidates, or the lack thereof? Personally, I think both candidates have a compelling case and I would love to see a republican primary in the empire state. Its about time New York republicans had a sincere and open debate about what is important to us as New Yorkers and as republicans.

    • Young GOP Kid permalink
      December 28, 2009 11:05 pm

      I am entirely in agreement with Young Republican. I know too little about these people to make a definitive comment about either.

      As for what Eaton is going to do, let’s look to which is more likely to succeed, with the recent memory in our minds that the man we endorsed and gave a Wilson Pauka to for Mayor was expected to win and lost Brooklyn.

      Let’s learn our lessons.

  4. Judas Judge permalink
    December 28, 2009 10:46 pm

    Come out big jon. where are you?

    • Harry O'Brien permalink
      December 28, 2009 11:05 pm

      Someone’s obsessed…not healthy…

  5. Judas Judge permalink
    December 28, 2009 10:47 pm

    You had your chance Judge. You lost it. Buy an extra mega millions ticket! LOL

  6. the bay ridge gop has finally lost it permalink
    December 28, 2009 11:15 pm

    The Bay Ridge GOP has finally lost it.

    They are sending their people out to monitor this blog minute by minute. Tweet after tweet after tweet.

    They have targeted the young republicans, ms. regina-potter and chairman ferraro. Now they’re calling people names, looking up their website info, going onto other sites and spreading all kinds of rumors.

    I’m ashamed to be a republican in brooklyn when I see what the party leadership has condoned. They are using nixonian tactics to try to take down their enemies.

    I can’t in good conscience donate or support them in any of their endeavors anymore. I’m happy to support candidates individually. I’ll go to non-bay ridge gop events. But seeing all this hate unleashed by the party is just too much. I can’t reward them for their actions.

  7. Evacuate the Dancefloor on 86th St. permalink
    December 28, 2009 11:43 pm

    I would like to know why we would nominate another John Faso to get crushed in this statewide dance-off between him and Cu-cu-cuomo,

    • Young Republican permalink
      December 29, 2009 12:05 am

      I’m still not convinced that Andrew Cuomo is running. The election is 10 months away and the primary is in less than nine months. He’s got to start campaigning sometime, no? In any case, if Cuomo does run, that would open the AG’s office which we lost to Spitzer by a half of a percent. Any big republican names interested in that seat?

  8. Bad Romance in Bay Ridge permalink
    December 29, 2009 1:54 am

    Isn’t Eaton allied with the Bronx GOP?

  9. The band Dokken rocked in the 1980's! permalink
    December 29, 2009 10:48 am

    Craig is a buddy of Bronx GOP Chairman Joseph J. “Jay” Savino, who actually lives in Rocland County (upstate Congers, NY).

    If you “google” Jay Savino and Bronx GOP, you can find out a lot about Craig’s friend Jay Savino.

    • Bad Romance in Bay Ridge permalink
      December 29, 2009 2:08 pm

      Well, that explains it! Thanks!

  10. December 29, 2009 12:50 pm

    Cuomo will not run and if he does, it will be to the GOP’s advantage.

    For Andy Cuomo to be the next governor, he’ll have to run through Governor Paterson – as Paterson will never just quit the job he’s been given.

    In 2008, the GOP got destroyed by the Obama Tsunami. The voters who were responsible for wiping us out have already started to stay home – just look at the comparison between turnout in 2008 and in this past year’s General Election.

    With Paterson being crushed by Cuomo, those same new, Tsunami voters will stay home at an even greater rate this time around – making the Chances for the GOP to take back the State Senate and possibly the Governor’s Job significantly greater…

    • Gerry permalink
      December 29, 2009 2:04 pm

      Very well said! On to victory and reform!

    • Young Republican permalink
      December 29, 2009 4:16 pm

      If Cuomo does run and beats Paterson, You may end up with a lot of disenfranchised Black voters who will be looking for an alternative. In such a case Chris Collins might be the candidate you are looking for. Buffalo, the second biggest city in the state, is in Erie County and blacks comprise over 40% of its population. If urban voters see how conservative government works for them, Chris Collins being exhibit A, they might consider voting republican.

  11. Vickie Fial permalink
    December 29, 2009 3:40 pm

    A Year End Reminder from NYCYR President Daniel Peterson

    As 2009 comes to a close, the New York Young Republican Club can be proud of the wonderful achievements we’ve made this year and look forward to an even more successes in 2010.

    Young professionals were out in force working on various campaigns across the five boroughs for candidates like Ashok Chandra, Dan Halloran, Peter Koo, Bob Capanao, Alex Zablocki and Joe Mendola. Though we didn’t win them all, the Republican Party picked up additional council seats and helped re-elect Michael Bloomberg to another four years.

    Across this state, we won on a message of lower taxes and fiscal responsibility. We took back Nassau County and won the executive seat in Westchester, as well as many townships. With liberalism gone a-muck in Albany and DC, we have a chance to win more races next year. To do this, we will need your help.

    It is time to renew your membership to the New York Young Republican Club and if you have never been one yet, now is a great time to join. We will be reappointing our committee leadership positions and would love to add some new faces to our club.
    Please go to our membership page at

    and help make 2010 a special year for being a Republican in New York State.

    Have a Happy and Joyous New Year and we look forward to seeing you!


    Daniel Peterson, President
    New York Young Republican Club, Inc.
    PO Box 370, Grand Central Station
    New York, NY 10163

    19th District City Council Member elect Dan Halloran
    Invites you to his Swearing-In Ceremony
    Sunday, January 3, 2010, 1:00 PM (1300 hours), Bayside Historical Society at the Fort Totten Officers Club, 208 Totten Avenue,
    Bayside, Queens, NY 11361

    Reception to Follow

    Please RSVP to


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