The Daily Politics: 15 GOP Chairs Seek To Draft Collins
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.