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NY Republicans Fear Gingrich Win In Florida

From the New York Post:

New York GOPers fearing a ‘disaster’ Gingrich victory

January 30, 2012

The fate of New York’s nervous GOP is riding on the outcome of tomorrow’s presidential primary in Florida, leading state Republicans told The Post.

They said the GOP’s ability to defeat incumbent Democratic US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and retain control of the state Senate later this year depends on Mitt Romney’s ability to decisively beat Newt Gingrich and end the controversial former House speaker’s chances to be their party’s nominee.

Some pro-Romney upstate county chairmen are so nervous that they’ve begun talking about sending an “uncommitted slate’’ of delegates to the GOP nominating convention if Gingrich wins Florida, in hope that a brokered convention would lead to the selection of a better candidate, a county chairman told The Post.

“If Gingrich is successful, wins Florida and goes on to get the nomination, it will be a disaster,’’ said former US Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, once the state’s top Republican… who has yet to endorse a presidential candidate.

They couldn’t find a better messenger than Al D’Amato?

William Powers, a former state GOP chairman recently named chair of the New York GOP Advisory Council, said, “If it’s Gingrich tomorrow and he goes on to be the nominee, that’s going to create real divisions among Republicans in New York. But if it’s Romney, that can carry all the way through to victories in New York.”

Rockland County-based national GOP pollster and consultant John McLaughlin, who helped run the Fred Thompson and Steve Forbes presidential campaigns, said, “A Gingrich win as the nominee will definitely make it tougher for Republicans in New York.

“Romney comes off as a nicer person than Newt, someone who doesn’t polarize, and he’s culturally a much better fit in New York, especially in the suburbs and upstate,’’ McLaughlin continued.

This isn’t quite what Tea Party supporters want to hear about Romney.

Repeated public-opinion polls have shown Romney far more popular than Gingrich among New York voters, and state Republicans fear a lower-than-average turnout of GOP voters if Gingrich is the nominee.

The upstate county chairman, meanwhile, said he believed the possibility of an independent slate was being pushed by some local party leaders close to former Gov. George Pataki, who has repeatedly promoted himself as a potential candidate for president.

Yes, Pataki will bring us all together. (Hysterical laughter.)

D’Amato, meanwhile, had some sharp criticism of Romney as a candidate — and said he had relayed the criticism to one of Romney’s former partners at the Bain Capital investment firm.

“Romney doesn’t show passion. His campaign is missing passion,’’ said the former three-term senator. “Romney looks too much like a politician, as opposed to a man who is committed to the best interest of his country."

It’s so obvious, even Al D’Amato sees it.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “NY Republicans Fear Gingrich Win In Florida”

  1. mr_bill says:

    So, let me see…the guy who lost to the guy who lost to nerobama is…our only hope?? Thank goodness for New England “Republicans.” What would we ever do without you. (rolls eyes) The sheer arrogance of these folks: demanding that we pick their favorite, screw the rest of us and what we want, they want their guy so they can try to ride his coat-tails instead of actually working to win.

    This is a consequence of all that ridiculous “big tent” talk.

    If the NY “Republicans” don’t get Romney, they’ll send uncommitted deligates in an effort to prevent the will of the voters? This smacks of something the left would do. That should tell you all you need to know about the NY “Republican” establishment, and it certainly says something about the guy they are supporting.

    Here’s a thought, maybe the NY “Republicans” should concentrate on their own message and their own local candidates if they’re worried about winning their local elections. Perhaps there just isn’t much difference between their candidates and the other side of the isle. Maybe if they would try running a truly conservative candidate instead of democrat-light candidates, they just might win. I’d like to remind these guys of a few candidates like Charlie Crist and Arlen Specter.

  2. proreason says:

    I’m not so sure about the lack of passion thing.

    Sure, he doesn’t think obamycare is “anything to get mad about”.

    But, you don’t want to be within striking distance of McMitt if he catches a glimpse of a poll that shows a Republican candidate ahead of him.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    “CALLER: And you’re the wise teacher. Why does the establishment, or anybody else for that matter, want the loser to McCain in ’08 to be our nominee?

    RUSH: Well, why would Romney bring the loser up on stage to endorse him?

    CALLER: Well, yeah, that too.

    RUSH: I didn’t understand that. I think what that was, if you want to know the truth, I think that was the establishment looking to people like you and saying, “Look at this, (raspberry) you. This is who we are, and you may think you can stop us, but you can’t.” I think that was an anti-Tea Party, that was an anti-conservative statement by the establishment. I don’t think there’s any doubt about it. And that’s why they’re hanging together. Huckabee admitted in 2008 he hated Romney, but now he loves him. He’s endorsed him, because Romney’s not saying bad things about him this year ’cause he’s not running against him.”


    • proreason says:

      How do you like it now suckahs….it’s a big part of obamy’s life too.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Yeah, so excuse me if I don’t have as much patience as I should for Conservatives who want to patronize about the nature of politics.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    New York GOP’r ? Isn’t that a euphemism for the latest Fear Factor stunt to be pulled off the air?

  5. P. Aaron says:

    Romney: Pizza without pepperoni.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Republicans Are Like Pizza! When a good one comes along, they’re the best thing ever. compared to the crap democrats try to shove down our throat, EVEN A SOFT RUNNY REPUBLICAN IS STILL PRETTY GOOD.

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