Ed Cox

State Republicans Knock de Blasio’s Iowa Forum

The New York Republican Committee on Wednesday took a shot at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s planned forum in Iowa for the presidential candidates to discuss inequality.

In a statement, Republican Chairman Ed Cox said the trip to Iowa is a sign the mayor is “bored with his job already.”

“While he tends to his presidential ambitions, quality of life in the city is declining, crime is increasing and the public school system is an embarrassment,” Cox said in the statement. “Why are we not surprised that he would rather do a public forum in Iowa than New York City?”

De Blasio has sought to inject into the national debate a discussion about the growing income inequality chasm in the country, holding off on making an early endorsement in the presidential campaign in the process.

Democratic candidates including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders are invited to the event.

Cox: Boehner’s Decision Not Trivial

EdcoxThe decision for House Speaker John Boehner to step down was likely not a trivial one, State Republican Committee Chairman Ed Cox said in a radio interview on Friday.

Cox, interviewed on Fred Dicker’s Talk-1300 radio show minutes after the news broke Boehner would resign both from the speakership and his House seat by the end of October, called Boehner a “good guy” who is stepping down for the good of the country.

“Look, this is a good guy. He just wanted to do what was right for the country and I think he just thought what was right for the country was for himself to resign as speaker,” Cox said. “I have no doubt this was a trivial decision on his part. This was a well considered, this is what’s best for the country.”

Boehner has made multiple appearances on behalf of New York House candidates and Republican incumbents since taking the speakership in 2011 — campaigning and fundraising heavily in New York’s upstate battleground congressional districts.

But he faced in recent months a revolt from conservative rank-and-file members who once again sought to curtail federal funding of Planned Parenthood, a move that risked yet another government shutdown, which Boehner wanted to avoid. More >

Cox Re-Elected State GOP Chairman

As expected, Ed Cox was re-elected on Monday to another term as state Republican committee chairman.

The victory comes after Onondaga County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey contemplated jumping into the race against Cox, but never gained the needed support from county leaders to unseat Cox.

Dadey had been critical of Cox’s leadership last week, saying he would be able to bridge the gap between tea party-backed Republicans upstate and downstate GOP members.

At the same time, Dadey was openly suggesting a candidacy after the Senate majority leader post fell to another downstate Republican, John Flanagan of Suffolk County, who replaced Dean Skelos of Nassau.

But Dadey never gained the support from fellow county chairs amide questions over his ability to raise enough money for a party that is vastly outnumber enrollment-wise in New York.

Now Cox faces a presidential election year in which Republicans are defending their last lever of power in state government, the state Senate.

Cox ‘Aboslutely’ Expects To Be Re-Elected Chairman

EdcoxState GOP Chairman Ed Cox told reporters on Friday he “absolutely” will be re-elected to another despite a potential challenge from Onondaga County Chairman Tom Dadey.

“I don’t know if there’s been a declaration or not,” Cox said after attending the state Business Council meeting on Friday. “Normally if you do a challenge you declare it several months in advance.”

Cox is due to seek re-election on Monday, when Republicans meet in the Albany area. He laughed off whether he was counting votes among party leaders.

“Count the votes? Oh, c’mon,” he said.

Cox, the son-in-law of the late Richard Nixon, has been accused by Republicans like 2010 gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino of not pushing back against Democrats like Andrew Cuomo. More >

Cox Mocks ‘Two Scorpions’ Cuomo And de Blasio

EdcoxNew York Republican Committee Chairman Ed Cox in a statement on Tuesday took to mocking the squabble between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio over the push to curtail topless performers in Times Square.

While the governor and mayor “are competing to show who’s tougher on bare-breasted beauties in Times Square” the city faces more pressing problems like crime (NYPD statistics released this week show serious crime is dropping in New York City).

In the statement, Cox compares the Cuomo and de Blasio spat to “two scorpions” fighting in a bottle, only New Yorkers are the ones being hurt.

“Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo and Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio are like two scorpions in a bottle, and it’s New Yorkers, ultimately, who are getting stung,” Cox said in the statement. “While New York City reverts to the pre-Giuliani era of crime and grime, and the state remains the highest taxed and least job-friendly state in America, Cuomo and de Blasio are competing to show who’s tougher on bare-breasted beauties in Times Square. Cuomo is sending in State troopers while de Blasio appoints a blue ribbon panel to try lay the political groundwork to embarrass a Bloomberg initiative. Is there any wonder why so many families and businesses are fleeing New York?”

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Cox: Schumer Should Block Iran Deal

EdcoxStated opposition by Sen. Chuck Schumer to the Iran nuclear agreement doesn’t go far enough, New York Republican Chairman Ed Cox said on Friday in a statement.

Schumer, who announced on Thursday night he would vote against the agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear arms reached last month, should actively seek to block the agreement, Cox said.

“After weeks of pondering, Senator Schumer announced opposition to the Iran deal. Good for him, but it’s not enough,” Cox said in the statement. More >

NYS GOP To Clinton: What About Those 200,000 NY Jobs?

Earlier today, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton delivered a speech in New York City calling for a “growth and fairness” economy, saying the growing income inequality gap is dragging the country down.

In response to Clinton’s appearance, state GOP Chairman Ed Cox issued a statement accusing the candidate of making “empty promises,” dredging up a campaign promise she made all the way back in 2000, when she first ran to be the junior US senator from New York.

“(U)pstate New York is still waiting on the 200,000 jobs that Hillary Clinton promised to create when she ran for Senate,” Cox said. “It’s not a coincidence that the states with the best job growth numbers are run by Republican Governors instituting tax reform and pro-growth policies at the local level.”

This is a well loved old chestnut for the New York Republicans, and it was also seized upon by then Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.

While it’s true that Clinton never did deliver on her 200,000 jobs promise, that has never hampered her ability (or not yet, anyway) to win votes in New York.

Cox: Bharara Trying Cases In Press

New York Republican Chairman Ed Cox on Wednesday in a radio interview criticized U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office for leaking the details of an investigation of the state’s highest-ranking GOP elected official.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is under investigation by Bharara’s office, reportedly over his son’s employment at an Arizona-based firm that received a contract for a sewer project in Nassau County.

There’s no indication that Bharara’s office released the details of the probe to The New York Times, which first reported the news of the inquiry.

Skelos has subsequently confirmed he’s cooperating with Bharara’s office and at least three Senate Republicans have confirmed they’ve received subpoenas in the case.

Cox, who in the past has spoken approvingly of Bharara’s investigations of Democratic officials like Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, knocked what he said were leaks.

“It looks like it’s be tried in the press by leaks from Preet Bharara,” Cox said in a radio interview with Fred Dicker on Talk-1300. “Look, Bharara has been criticized and I’ve heard it privately from district court judges, by the way he tries cases in the press.”

Bharara most recently was criticized by a federal judge in the case he’s trying against former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat.

The judge in a ruling dismissing Silver’s effort to have the case tossed was critical of Bharara’s public statements following Silver’s arrest as well as his comments knocking state government’s operations.

It’s unclear what impact the Skelos investigation will have on the chamber and for now his colleagues remain supportive of his staying in the leadership post.

“Whether there will be an indictment or not I don’t know,” Cox said. “But I don’t think it should be tried by leaks by the U.S. attorney.”

Ed Cox’s Recycled Yom Kippur Message

The message sent out by state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox observing Yom Kippur has been used before.

The first two paragraphs of the released from the state party are virtually identical to a message from Vincent Romano, a Republican politician from Illinois posted to Facebook in September 2012.

“This evening our Jewish brothers and sisters enter into the holiest day of the year – Yom Kippur. Known as the Day of Atonement, its central themes are atonement and repentance. It is a time to reflect on one’s life over the past year and to reconcile differences,” Cox’s statement reads. “As the Jewish community gathers in synagogues around the world today and tomorrow, this might be a good time for all of us to reflect on our own lives and consider what each of us might do to make our communities, our nation and this world a better place. Yom Kippur is also an excellent reminder of the need to pray for world peace. On behalf of the officers, members and staff of the New York Republican State Committee, Tricia and I extend our sincerest best wishes for peace and happiness to our Jewish friends and to all New Yorkers.”

The message from Romano:

“Tonight our Jewish brothers and sisters enter into the holiest day of the year – Yom Kippur. Known as the Day of Atonement, its central themes are atonement and repentance. It is a time to reflect on one’s life over the past year and to reconcile differences. As the Jewish community gathers in synagogues around the world today and tomorrow, this might be a good time for all of us to reflect on our own lives and consider what each of us might do to make our communities, our nation and this world a better place.”

David Laska, a spokesman for Cox and the state GOP, downplayed the reuse of the message, noting that it was likely taken from messaging suggestions made by the Republican National Committee sent to the state parties.

Bolstering his case, Laska forwarded emails with suggested tweets and talking points by the RNC that are used by state-level committees.

The message for Yom Kippur likely fell into a similar vein, he said.

“As you can see, it’s standard fare for the RNC to send out messaging guidelines on various matters to candidates and parties, complete with draft language,” he wrote. “It’s likely that the language in our Yom Kippur release came from the RNC originally.”

He added the sentiment behind the message isn’t undercut.

Ed Cox: Nine Senate Seats In Play

Republican Chairman Ed Cox in a Capital Tonight interview on Thursday said there are about nine state Senate districts in play this fall.

This figure matches closely to Democratic estimates, who peg the number of battlegrounds at eight.

Clearly, the highest profile ones will be districts that Democrats won in 2012. Democratic incumbents Cecilia Tkaczyk, Terry Gipson and Ted O’Brien are considered the top three targets for Republicans.

But the GOP is defending several vacancies, including several Long Island and northern suburban seats as well as the western New York district being vacated by Sen. George Maziarz.

In the Southern Tier, Democrats also see an outside chance of defeating Sen. Tom Libous, a Binghamton Republican whose victory seemed all but assured this year until his indictment on a single charge of lying to federal law enforcement.

Republicans view the Libous indictment as flimsy at best and, at worst, question the timing, noting that it comes right as the campaign for control of the state Senate is underway.

Democrats have nominated former Vestal town supervisor Anndrea Starzak to take on Libous.

In the interview, Cox flipped the question of Libous’ indictment back around to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s own problems with the Moreland Commission mess.

“I suspect in the end if the U.S. attorney for the Southern District will indict Tom Libous with respect to that kind of one-count indictment, he certainly will indict Andrew Cuomo,” Cox said.

He added that at the very least “someone close” to Cuomo will be hit with the indictment.

As for the Senate, Cox expects Libous will be re-elected.

“We have good candidates in all of them,” Cox said. “The people of the Southern Tier understand what Tom Libous has done for them and just how weak this indictment is.”