15 County GOP Chairmen Ask Collins to Run For Governor

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Following Rudy Giuliani’s endorsement last week of Rick Lazio for governor, Erie County Executive Chris Collins released a letter today from 15 county GOP chairmen encouraging him to run for the governor.

This is perhaps the first big move by Collins to show he likely will run for governor next year. He said last week he’s willing to push it to a primary against Lazio, if that’s what it takes.

Lazio has picked up the endorsement of at least eight GOP chairmen, including the big ones of Suffolk and Monroe.

But Collins — and his supporters — appears undeterred by Lazio’s growing support. Among the large counties asking Collins to run include those in Erie, Onondaga and Albany.

“As leaders of the Republican Party in counties across New York,” the chairs wrote to Collins, “we recognize that the time for bold and committed leadership is now.  That is why we are asking you to run for Governor of New York as the Republican nominee in 2010.”

Those signing the letter:

— Jack Casey, Rensselaer County Republican Chairman
— Robert Christman, Allegany County Republican Chairman
— Lowell Conrad, Livingston County Republican Chairman
— Donald Coon, Jefferson County Republican Chairman
— John DeSpirito III, Onondaga County Republican Chairman
— James Domagalski, Erie County Republican Chairman
— Jim Ellis, Franklin County Republican Chairman
— Leonard Govern, Delaware County Republican Chairman
— John Graziano, Albany County Republican Chairman
— Cherl Heary, Cayuga County Republican Chairwoman
— Ed Morgan, Orleans County Republican Chairman
— Kenneth Padgett, Seneca County Republican Chairman
— Jay Savino, Bronx County Republican Chairman
— Richard Siebert, Genesee County Republican Chairman
— Paula Snyder, Cattaraugus County Republican Chairwoman

Here’s the letter:

December 28, 2009
Hon. Chris Collins
Erie County Executive
295 Main Street, Suite 950
Buffalo, NY 14203

Dear County Executive Collins:

New York State is in crisis. Bloated spending, highest in the nation taxes and three
men in a room who are all Democrats are pushing our state towards a calamity from
which we may never recover. As a result of one poor choice after another, New York
can no longer pay its bills.

As leaders of the Republican Party in counties across New York, we recognize that the
time for bold and committed leadership is now. That is why we are asking you to run for
Governor of New York as the 2010 Republican nominee.

In the last two years, you have proven that running government on business principles
works. At one time Erie County was plagued by deficits and diminishing services while
being under the oversight of a control board. In two short years, you have created a
culture where services are provided efficiently, surpluses are the norm and the control
board no longer oversees the day-to-day county finances.

Your success is confirmed with the passage of Erie County’s 2010 budget which holds
the line on spending at an increase of only two-tenths of one percent while maintaining
and enhancing services to taxpayers. All this while the federal, state and some county
governments drown in a sea of red ink and are unable to get spending in check.

It is now time to put taxpayers first in New York State like you have in Erie County. By
doing so, you are also further advancing the needs of Erie County taxpayers by doing
for them at the state level, exactly what you are doing for them at county level.

With your candidacy and ultimate election as our Governor in 2010, we believe that we
will reverse our state’s rapid decline and once again make New York the Empire State.

Sincerely,

James Domagalski, Erie County Republican Chairman

John Graziano, Albany County Republican Chairman

Jack Casey, Rensselaer County Republican Chairman

Robert Christman, Allegany County Republican Chairman

Lowell Conrad, Livingston County Republican Chairman

Donald Coon, Jefferson County Republican Chairman

John DeSpirito III, Onondaga County Republican Chairman

Jim Ellis, Franklin County Republican Chairman

Leonard Govern, Delaware County Republican Chairman

Cherl Heary, Cayuga County Republican Chairwoman

Ed Morgan, Orleans County Republican Chairman

Kenneth Padgett, Seneca County Republican Chairman

Jay Savino, Bronx County Republican Chairman

Richard Siebert, Genesee County Republican Chairman

Paula Snyder, Cattaraugus County Republican Chairwoman

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  1. the consultant on

    this is looking like an upstate downstate fight…
    chris collins has leaders from albany north
    and rick lazio has leaders in the suburbs…and the city
    let them fight it out in a primary…but beware of
    the lurking conservative party and independence party
    influence…

  2. No this is not upstate vs downstate this is a good old race for the right to challenge “Lord” Paterson and live in the “Royal Palace”

    But lets not forget it is State Committee person who “VOTE” and sometimes they and their County Chairpersons do not see “Eye to Eye”

    Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli

    No More Schumer
    No More Pelosi
    No More Rangel
    No More Engel and his Million Dollar Home in Maryland
    No More Arthur Finkelstein & Co, and
    No StinkingTerrorists in NYC, send them to Washington DC

  3. the consultant on

    other than savino of the bronx I don’t see any county
    chairs south of albany…like dutches,orange, rockland
    westcheseter, putnam, nassau suffolk, new york, queens
    richmond….looks like a cabal of rural county chairs
    to me

  4. Poor consultant he sees only what he wants to see, while I see a race to replace “Lord” Paterson by the Republicans and it is only just begone.

    Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli

    No More Schumer
    No More Pelosi
    No More Rangel
    No More Engel and his Million Dollar Home in Maryland
    No More Arthur Finkelstein & Co, and
    No StinkingTerrorists in NYC, send them to Washington DC

  5. the consultant on

    problem is Lord David will not be the democratic nominee
    for governor in 2010….and you can take that to the bank