An Optimistic Langworthy Looks to Rebuild State GOP Against Long Odds

Aug. 11, 2019

New state GOP Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy of Erie County will use “aggressive messaging” to try to break the Democrats’ grip on power in Albany. (Harry Scull Jr./News file photo)
New state GOP Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy of Erie County will use “aggressive messaging” to try to break the Democrats’ grip on power in Albany. 

It must have been a surreal experience a few days ago for Nicholas A. Langworthy, the rookie chairman of the New York State Republican Party.

The Erie County leader since 2010, Langworthy found himself in Saratoga Springs, surrounded by Republicans who at one time actually wielded power in New York – a concept far removed from the politics of 2019. The group was celebrating the 25th anniversary of George E. Pataki’s election as the last GOP governor, and Langworthy could only imagine one of his own occupying the Governor’s Mansion for 12 years – as Pataki did – supported by a powerful GOP Senate to boot.

“It was a reminder that … those who are younger never remember a time with a Republican governor,” he said, “and what it meant for the party and the state.”
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