Outgoing New York State GOP Chairman Ed Cox used his position to fundraise for America First YouTuber Joey Saladino’s primary opponent Nicole Malliotakis.
After Nick Langworthy’s recent victory for GOP state chair, Cox is propping up establishment picks like Malliotakis on his way out the door.
In a fundraising email sent out to NY State GOP donors, Cox gave his warm endorsement of Malliotakis’ campaign.
Malliotakis has a long track record of being a Never Trumper. In a video, Malliotakis revealed that she was “never really a supporter of his [Trump]”. When pressed about any policies Trump passed that she agreed with she said “I don’t know”.
All in all, she wanted Florida Senator Marco Rubio to win the nomination not Trump.
— Saladino for Congress (@JoeySalads) May 9, 2019
Joey Saladino commented on Cox’s endorsement expressing his disappointment:
I’m disappointed by the email this morning. I knew it was going to be an uphill struggle, but for outgoing Chairman of the New York State GOP to use his position to advance the fundraising efforts for the primary opponent is very disappointing, especially given Nicole Malliotakis’ NeverTrump history.
Saladino contrasted his America First agenda with Malliotakis’s establishment platform:
“Nicole Malliotakis is a hardcore NeverTrumper, and a supporter of the ‘Invade the World, Invite the World’ Neoconservative agenda.”
Saladino’s spokesperson Adam Korzeniewski also opined on Cox’s endorsement of Malliotakis:
We see this email as a sign of weakness and fear by our opponent’s campaign. The opponent’s campaign is filled with smart, committed Republican activists and whatever strings she pulled only undermines their hard-work and commitment. Given her NeverTrump stance and support of the Neoconservative agenda of ‘Invade the World, Invite the World’ she probably needs all the help she can get.
Interestingly, Ed Cox will be joining Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, which makes Cox’s endorsement of the Never Trumper so early in the primary surprising.
Saladino had kind words for Cox stating that “We hold Ed Cox in the highest esteem. His long running tenure as the New York State GOP Chairman is legendary, where he participated in organizing political battles that were titanic in scale. We wish him the best of luck pushing forward the America First Agenda on the Trump 2020 campaign.”
The Republican primary in New York’s 11th district will be the classic establishment vs. insurgent battle within the GOP.
For those who want to see Trump’s America First vision implemented, Saladino seems to be the preferred choice in New York’s 11th district.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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