From his very first press conference as incoming state Republican party chair, current Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy was very clear about his lofty goal.
When the next gubernatorial election comes around, it will have been two decades since the GOP has elected its candidate to the executive’s office. Langworthy is determined to end that streak.
This week, Langworthy got a clearer picture of who the competition will be. Though it’s still more than three years out from the next gubernatorial election, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, fresh off his third term victory, has already indicated he plans to run again.
“I’m actually kind of excited about it because as I’m transitioning into this role as state chairman of the party,” Langworthy said. “we will work day and night to make sure the mission of our party is to defeat this governor in 2022.”
Cuomo hasn’t had much trouble with his Republican challengers in this increasingly Democrat-dominated state thus far. Langworthy conceded the power of incumbency is strong. However, he insisted there’s a historical path to victory for his party that he believes he can emulate.
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