Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy with Ontario County GOP Chair Trisha Turner. August 14, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Langworthy Introduced as Presumptive GOP State Chairman

"Our greatest challenge as a party is enrollment."

May 21, 2019 - 2:19 pm

BUFFALO (WBEN) - On Monday, it was announced that Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy would be replacing Ed Cox as the state chairman for the party, and on Tuesday, he was formally introduced.

Cox is stepping down to raise money for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, and the move comes after a rough November in which state Republicans lost the State Senate, three congressional seats and all four statewide elections.

Langworthy responded to a question regarding the greatest challenge that the part currently faces in New York.

"Our greatest challenge as a party is enrollment," said Langworthy. "We need to register new voters; we need to tackle the issue of voter registration in the State of New York. There are so many things that have to be done as a minority party in enrollment in a state, that's it's the one that easily gets set behind. We are going to go across this country and find the best practices on voter registration and bring them to the State of New York. It has to be done, and we're going to close this gap."

He also discussed his long term goal for the party.

"Beyond 2020, my mission and goal is to get us to the point where a Republican occupies the second floor of the state capitol," he said. "That will be our mission critical to put the infrastructure in place across this state in order to win a statewide election and put the Republican party back in the win column there for the first time since 2002."

Langworthy is expected to take over in July when Cox officially steps down.

Listen to the entire press conference below:

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