Lang­wor­thy ramps up trav­el­ing cam­paign for chair­man of state GOP

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - By Robert J. Mc­Carthy

Wher­ever New York Repub­li­cans gather th­ese days, you are likely to find Ni­cholas A. Lang­wor­thy.

The Erie County GOP chair­man is mak­ing the rounds in nearby Ni­a­gara County – and across the state on Long Is­land. He but­ton­holes party lead­ers around the South­ern Tier, the Cap­i­tal District, the North Coun­try and through the five bor­oughs, too.

At a time when the New York State Repub­li­can Party may have hit rock bot­tom, Lang­wor­thy wants to be its chair­man. He has is­sued no for­mal dec­la­ra­tion of can­di­dacy and keeps his ef­forts low-key, but Lang­wor­thy is nev­er­the­less mount­ing an all­out ef­fort to re­place vet­eran Ed­ward F. Cox as state party leader.

Cox, mean­while, makes it clear he’s not go­ing any­where. And that sets up the po­ten­tial for a ma­jor show­down when the Repub­li­can State Com­mit­tee next con­venes in July.

“I’m trav­el­ing around the state, meet­ing with Repub­li­cans to talk about the fu­ture of our party” is as close as Lang­wor­thy comes to con­firm­ing his ob­vi­ous cam­paign. “I’ve had fruit­ful con­ver­sa­tions, and my trav­els will con­tinue.”

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