We’re in the process of a full rebuild of our party, from top to bottom,’ says new state GOP chairman

By Jimmy Vielkind

Nick Langworthy, the GOP’s new chairman, said he would regularly travel to Albany, where the party owns a row house near the state Capitol, pictured. Photo: Hans Pennink/Associated Press

New York state Republican Party chairman Nick Langworthy said he is re-establishing NYGOP’s headquarters in Albany and has begun installing his own team.

“We’re in the process of a full rebuild of our party, from top to bottom,” Mr. Langworthy said in an interview from a Republican National Committee meeting in Charlotte, N.C.

Since he took the reins of the party last month, Mr. Langworthy has hired Brielle Appelbaum as a fundraiser in place of Ore Jacinto. Executive Director Jason Weingartner and Oliver Tan, the coalitions director, were both let go at the beginning of July by former chairman Ed Cox in preparation for Mr. Langworthy’s ascent.

Mr. Langworthy, who is from Erie County, was selected as the party’s leader after it lost ground in 2018. The GOP gave up three seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in the midterm election, and it lost its majority in the New York State Senate, putting Democrats fully in control of state government for the first time in a decade.

Messrs. Weingartner, Tan and Jacinto had worked from space in the Metropolitan Republican Club on the Upper East Side in New York City—a location also frequented Mr. Cox. Mr. Langworthy is establishing an office for himself in Buffalo, close to his residence. He promised the party would re-establish office space in New York City at some point.

The chair said he would regularly travel to Albany, where the party owns a row house near the Capitol staffed by three people, and would make it the effective headquarters—something he felt Mr. Cox had established in New York City. Mr. Langworthy has also taken on the duties of executive director, Republicans aides said. He didn’t say if he would be paid a salary by the party.

( Via The Wall Street Journal )

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