Panio Gets State Party Post

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RoseMarie Panio may have her critics within Westchester’s GOP, but she still seems to have some clout at the state level. She was unanimously elected secretary of the state Republican Committee at its organizational meeting in Albany today.

Panio, who has been Westchester’s party chairwoman since January of 2004, joins the leadership team assembled by newly-elected state Chairman Joseph Mondello, leader of the Nassau County GOP. Mondello is replacing Stephen Minarik, who stepped down after the party’s disastrous showing at the polls in November.

Several Republicans in Westchester have been lobbying for Panio to step down, but she has resisted those efforts. Earlier this week, State Sen. Nicholas Spano, who lost his re-election bid this month, defended Panio, saying calls for her removal were “displaced aggression.”

Panio’s term as county leader expires in September of next year.

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  1. the consultant on

    WELL THAT DOES IT FOR ME.I WILL BE SPENDING MY OWN MONEY
    AND TRAVELING TO NEW HAMPSHIRE IOWA ETC TO TELL THE
    VOTERS OF THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS STATES HOW UTERLY
    CORRUPT PATAKI IS…AND I WILL NAME NAMES AND CONTRACTS
    FROM GARGARNO, TO MAHONEY, TO PANIO AND OTHERS
    WHO HAVE BENEITED FROM THE GOVERNORS LARGESS IN PLACING
    HIS OWN CRONIES IN STATE POSITIONS OF EARNING INCOME
    AND GETTING REWARDS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF HIM OVER THE
    YEARS..SEE YOU IN NEW HAMPSHIRE GEORGE

  2. Rosemarie Panio’s “promotion” is an absolute joke. The future of the Republican Party lies with a leader from Nassau who’s first move is to promote a woman who lost every

  3. Westchester GOP is in the worst shape ever. Under Panio leadership in the last 3 years we suffered major losses. and the bleeding has not stopped.

  4. Sorry for the incomplete post. She lost every major race with the exception of Mike Spano (and she had nothing to do with that election). Leibell won because of Putnam, not Westchester. Nick Spano was the only incumbent Republican Senator to lose. Why? Panio & co. will tell you that the rising tide of Democratic registration is unstoppable. But have we tried to stop it? There is no platform for the Westchester GOP, there are no outreach programs to voters, and there is no effort to cultivate the voters moving in from New York City. In NYC, you are practically registered Democrat at birth. But NYC is NYC. When you move to Westchester, you encounter different political issues. We are the party of fiscal responsibility, which leads to lower taxes, and of strong anti-crime legislation. When has the Westchester GOP ever even issued a press release touting our beliefs? When has our leadership ever tried to distinguish our local political issues from “the war in Iraq”? When has our leadership ever assisted the local parties?

    The answer is never. Panio’s answer, via her latest Westchestergop website statement, is to “urge [people] to get involved”. That’s not leadership.

  5. the consultant on

    let’s analyze the problem with the westchester republican
    party leadership…does anyone remember when westchester
    was the place where republican presidetial candidates
    had to visit…eisenhower, nixon, reagan..bush 41..
    it was a bellweather county…a suburban mix of
    moderate republicans and non party registered voters
    who could and did vote republican…these were not
    hard core right wing voters..they were middle of the
    road voters who could be pursuaded to vote for a
    republican…although the registration has changed
    dramaticaly since those days whatprevents the
    republican party from having the same kind of clout
    is that they now are beggers hat in hand to the
    conservative state party leader mike long and the
    local ind party leader julio cavalo…for the
    republican party to once again be able to win
    it needs to establish itself as a stand alone
    fiscally conservative and moderate social
    party..a la rudy giuliani…our leaders unfortunatly
    are more interested in doing a deal and using the
    party for self enrichment than they are in making
    the pary stand for a centrist philosophy which
    supports qualified moderate candidates..instead
    the westhester party was key in making sure the
    candidacies of john faso and john spencer were
    ratified resulting in the biggest gop disaster
    since the great depression

  6. As is said in the service, “f**k up, and go up.” That, is seems, is the RoseMarie Panio story. Ditto for Reda.

  7. the consultant on

    LOOKS LIKE PAROCHIAL INTERESTS TRUMP PRACTICAL
    POLITCS….MAYBE IT IS TIME TO UNREGISTER ANY PARTY…….
    THESE GUYS REALLY KNOW HOW TO BUCK THE NATIONAL TREND
    HELLOOOOOOOO IT IS THE NON PARTY REGISTERED VOTERS WHO
    WILL CONTROL THE OUTCOME OF FUTURE ELECTIONS

  8. Just great – we are now rewarding failure. It’s not enough that she failed in Yorktown (which is a Republican town) and she failed in Westchester, now she is going to work her magic in Albany. This is not about what’s best for the party. This is all about Rosemary Panio’s massive ego and sense of entitlement.

  9. DamionKutaeff on

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