May 15th - 4:19 pm
New York Republican Chairman Ed Cox today slammed Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in a statement, saying he “lowered the bar” in his handling of the Vito Lopez sexual harassment case.
It’s “irrelevant” as to whether Lopez or Silver broke the law, Cox said (Neither Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, or the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, determined any criminal laws were broken. JCOPE did find Lopez had broken the Public Officers’ Law, a civil offense).
He repeated his call, first issued over the sumer, for Lopez to resign and Silver to step down as speaker.
Cox’s full statement:
“Whether or not there were legal wrongdoings on the part of Assemblyman Lopez or Speaker Silver is irrelevant. Vito Lopez’s actions were morally and ethically reprehensible and totally unforgivable.
“Sexual abuse is not a partisan issue. Every member of the New York State Assembly, especially its Speaker, should be held to the highest moral and ethical standards. Once again, Speaker Silver has lowered the bar; in this case, he even violated his own Assembly regulations.
“By silencing earlier victims of sexual abuse, both at the hands of Michael Boxley and Vito Lopez, Speaker Silver is directly responsible for their subsequent victims.
“We repeat our call for Vito Lopez to resign from the State Assembly and for Sheldon Silver to resign the Speakership.”
May 2nd - 1:03 pm
Republican Chairman Ed Cox responded to the Democratic criticism the GOP is receiving for having U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz headline a May 29 fundraiser.
Earlier this morning the state Democratic Committee Executive Director and mainline Senate Democrats blasted the invitation extended to Cruz for the GOP’s annual dinner this month, namely for his vote against Hurricane Sandy aid.
But Cox sought to turn the argument back by knocking Cuomo’s push to enhance abortion laws, which he said in the statement would “expand late-term abortions” in the state.
Cox also noted in the statement that Cruz, a potential presidential candidate in 2016, is only one of three sitting Hispanic lawmakers in the Senate.
His full statement:
“Mr. Capel’s hysterics notwithstanding, the truly extreme position is the one taken by Governor Cuomo in his State of the State address, where he called for passage of the so-called “Reproductive Health Act,” which would expand late-term abortions in New York, even up to the day of a baby’s birth.
“This extreme and unnecessary legislation does nothing to protect a woman’s right to choose. However, its provision allowing non-doctors to perform abortions will put the health and safety of tens of thousands of women at risk. Is that what the New York Democratic Party really wants?
“The New York Democratic Party has become the Party of extremists who want to open the door to horrors such as those perpetrated by Pennsylvania’s Dr. Gosnell who killed innocent babies by severing their spinal cords after they had already taken their first breaths. Will Mr. Capel attempt to justify that too?
“For the record, Ted Cruz is one of only three sitting Hispanic U.S. Senators. He is an example for millions of Latinos as they chase the American Dream. By attacking his life story, the New York Democratic Party has shown its true anti-Latino colors.”
May 2nd - 12:21 pm
The New York Democratic Committee and mainline Democrats in the state Senate are calling on state Republican Chairman Ed Cox to disinvite Texas Sen. Ted Cruz from a fundraiser later this month.
Democrats are also calling out Republican Leader Dean Skelos to not attend the May 29 fundraiser, which is also the GOP’s annual dinner.
Cruz, a tea party-backed Republican who has already started to court controvesy for his questioning of Chuck Hagel during his nomination hearings for secretary of defense, is being singled out by Democrats for opposing Hurricane Sandy aid to New York.
Cruz isn’t the only Republican to earn New Yorker politicians’ ire. Republican Rep. Peter King blasted Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for holding a fundraiser in the city after voting against Sandy aid.
“Ted Cruz is the most anti-New York Senator in the United States Senate and yet the New York Republicans welcome him with open arms. By embracing Cruz as their standard bearer, let’s look at the platform the New York State GOP is backing,” Democratic Committee Executive Director Rodney Capel said. “In addition to Senator Skelos’ anti-choice pronouncements, they are now squarely anti-women’s rights, anti-marriage equality, anti-background checks on gun purchases, anti-immigration and anti-public campaign finance reform. This makes them pro-what, exactly? Cox’s Republican Party makes Mitt Romney look inclusive. We call on Mr. Cox to rescind the invitation to this extremist. If he doesn’t, Dean Skelos and every Republican who doesn’t want to be labeled an anti-New York extremist should boycott the event.”
Mainline Senate Democrats called on the GOP lawmakers invited to the invite to boycott it as well.
“Senate Republicans should be ashamed of themselves for raising money on the strength of support from an extremist like Ted Cruz, who voted to deny vital Hurricane Sandy relief to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in need. After the vote, a big show was made of the fact that those who did not support New York at that critical time would not be welcome here. Instead, Senate Republicans are celebrating such a person. If they had any decency, Senate Republicans would remove their names from this fundraiser, call for Ed Cox to disinvite Cruz, and repudiate the organizers.
Apr 17th - 2:23 pm
New York Republican Chairman Ed Cox today lamented the Chris Gibson-versus-Andrew Cuomo gubernatorial contest that would have been, but suggested today some political machinations behind the Republican congressman’s decisions to decline to run.
Cox pointed to reports that Cuomo was seriously considering an early endorsement of Democrat Sean Eldridge who is mulling a run in the congressional district Gibson currently represents.
The GOP had previously floated Gibson as a possible Republican challenger to the Democratic governor in 2014.
In the past, Cuomo has withheld endorsements of Democratic House candidates until late in the election season.
Cox said in an interview the early endorsement played a factor in Gibson making a decision to stay in his House district. But it’s a sign that Cuomo is keeping an eye on his potential Republican challengers more than a year before the re-election campaign heats up.
“It’s very interesting. We expressed an interest on his behalf if you will when we were talking about potential candidates,” Cox said. “And the governor somewhat out of character than what he’s done before all of sudden said ‘I’m going to come out and support the opponent to Chris Gibson’ — forcing him to make a decision early. The governor is paying attention the politics.”
Cox called Gibson, a retired army field colonel, a “complete contrast to the governor — a lifetime, professional politician.”
“That would have been a good race,” he said. “Chris was forced to make a decision by what the governor did and he’s going to stay in Congress.”
Cox believes Cuomo is still vulnerable, in part because of his steep poll drop following the approval of the January gun control (Cuomo has spun the poll numbers as a badge of honor after expending consierable political capital to make the law happen).
The chairman also believes Cuomo’s insistence that “New York is open for business” will backfire if the economy gets worse.
“Anyone, especially a person whose been saying very sunny things about the economy and New York works, those numbers haven’t changed,” he said of unemployment and taxes. “We’re the most regulated state. Those are things he has not focused on. He’s focused on his progressive agenda. He will be at risk if the economy goes sour both nationally and here in New York state.”
Apr 3rd - 1:28 pm
A day after they were arrested for taking bribes as part of a broader scheme to secure Sen. Malcolm Smith a spot on the Republican primary ballot for New York City mayor, state Republican Chairman Ed Cox is calling on Bronx Republican Chairman Jay Savino and Queens Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone to resign.
“In light of the criminal charges revealed yesterday by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, I call upon Bronx County Chairman Jay Savino and Queens County Vice-Chairman Vincent Tabone to resign from all of their party offices, effective immediately.
“As elected officers of the Republican Party, Chairman Savino and Vice-Chairman Tabone were entrusted to act in the best interest of the people of the city and state of New York. They have violated that interest and must resign.”
Savino and Tabone were both part of a criminal complaint that alleged that accepted thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for endorsing Smith’s run on the Republican line by signing the waiver known as a Wilson-Pakula.
Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of the Senate’s independent Democrats, in so many words yesterday called on Smith to resign after he stripped the Queens Democrat of his leadership posts in the chamber.
“… Given the level of criminality alleged, I believe that Senator Smith should seriously consider whether or not he can continue to effectively serve his constituents,” Klein said in a statement yesterday.
Sen. Daniel Squadron, part of the mainline conference, also called on Smith to step down as well.
Mar 7th - 11:47 am
As part of an effort for Republican Party in New York and across the country to reach out to the minority community, state Republican Chairman Ed Cox and his RNC counterpart, Reince Priebus, will be appear together in Brooklyn for an African-American “listening tour.”
Interestingly, the event also includes the Rev. A.R. Bernard, the influential pastor at Christian Cultural Center, who Cox had urged to get into the New York City mayor’s race earlier this year.
The event takes place Monday at 2 p.m. at the Christian Cultural Center.
The Republican National Committee is conducting a series of meetings around the country as part of what it’s calling a Growth and Opportunity Project in order to expand its base. Pundits credited Mitt Romney’s loss in 2012 to the changing demographics of the country and the GOP’s struggle to reach non-white voters.
Feb 7th - 12:47 am
The head of New York’s Republican Party thinks a Western New York County Executive should run for Governor.
Appearing on Capital Tonight, State GOP Chair Ed Cox was adamant that the Republican Party would field a challenger to Governor Cuomo in 2014. He told Liz Benjamin that Edwards could be the party’s choice.
Edwards is currently the Chautauqua County Executive but gained statewide notoriety when voters chose him to run as Carl Paladino’s running mate during the last gubernatorial election.
“Greg Edwards has actually run a state wide race. He traveled on the bus with us. The cut taxes, cut spending, bring jobs back to New York bus and he was right on message with that and did a great job,” Cox said.
Cox also mentioned Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino and Congressman Chris Gibson as possible candidates. Cox says Western New York Congressman and former Erie County Executive Chris Collins would be a good candidate if he changed his mind and decided to challenge Governor Cuomo.
Greg Edwards was not available for comment Wednesday night.
UPDATE: Here’s the video for Time Warner subscribers who might have missed last night’s show:
Feb 6th - 4:29 pm
State Democratic Executive Director Rodney Capel didn’t let the comments made by Ed Cox at today’s meeting of local party chairmen stand for too long, and he’s even bringing Richard Nixon into the tussle.
Capel responded to Cox’s criticism of Gov. Andrew Cuomo by suggesting there’s “an ideological civil war” in the GOP, with the chairman on the extreme end.
In his prepared remarks today, Cox said Cuomo was picking the wrong issues on same-sex marriage and gun control, and was raising taxes by extending some surcharges in his proposed $142.6 billion spending plan.
Capel responded by saying that 70 percent of New Yorkers back the governor’s successful push to update the state’s assault weapons ban and the same amount back the women’s equality package Cuomo is pursuing.
“We suggest Cox, Skelos and Mike Long all get in a room and figure out who they are and what they believe,” he said in his statement. “From what Cox says, the Republican Party doesn’t believe in a platform that fits the state. The more Cox speaks, the clearer it comes that he is the son in law of – and the rightful heir to – Richard Nixon’s extremist and divisive politics.”
Cox is the son-in-law of the late president.
Mike Long, it should be noted, isn’t a registered Republican, but a member, and the chairman of, the state’s Conservative Party.
Feb 6th - 11:54 am
New York Republican Chairman Ed Cox critiqued Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the state’s economy, taxes and the passage of January’s gun control law this morning in an address to local county chairs.
According to his prepapred remarks, Cox blasted Cuomo’s push to extend taxes past their expiration dates in his $142.6 billion budget proposal, while also not including enough relief for local mandates.
And, in a rare mention of social issues, Cox complained that Cuomo’s priorities have included the legalization of same-sex marriage and gun control, when he should have been focused on businesses.
At a time when New York desperately needs pro-growth reforms to attract businesses and create jobs, what have Andrew Cuomo’s priorities been? Progressive taxes, gay marriage and infringing upon New Yorkers’ 2nd Amendment rights.
That may be good politics for Cuomo’s progressive base and his political ambition, but on the most important issues to New York as a whole, jobs and the economy, Governor Cuomo has failed to deliver.
Cuomo’s budget proposal, it should be noted, does keep state spending within a self-imposed 2 percent increase.
It is still an uphill battle for Cox and the New York Republican Party, which is fighting shrinking voter enrollment and a popular Democratic governor who they cannot seem to find an opponent for in 2014 when he runs for re-election.
But Cox has taken a more aggressive stance toward Cuomo in recent weeks, which comes after hiring a new communications and political directors for the state party.
Senate Republicans, which have worked well with the governor in the practical world of legislative politics, have re-asserted themselves in recent days on a variety of issues, ranging from the extension of the 18-a utility assessment surcharge (which GOP Leader Dean Skelos called a tax increase yesterday) and a brief tussle over Cuomo’s nominee for the state Court of Appeals.
Cox will be a guest on Capital Tonight this evening at 8 and 11:30
Jan 29th - 12:50 pm
New York Republican Chairman Ed Cox will hold a fundraiser next month featuring former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman.
Tickets to the Feb. 27 event range from $50 to $2,000.
Huntsman is a former presidential candidate who sought to stake out a more moderate position in the Republican primary field, but failed to compete against Mitt Romney in a state he needed to do well in, New Hampshire.
The event also features Peter Lau and Shang Chu Tsang, members of the Asian Republican community.
Huntsman is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.