New York State

A 2022 referendum on the leadership of Nick Langworthy

The state GOP chair has repeatedly vowed to elect a Republican as New York governor despite the odds.

Nick Langworthy at the New York State GOP convention.

Nick Langworthy at the New York State GOP convention. Zach Williams

New York State Republican Committee Chair Nick Langworthy will not be on the ballot this year, but the 2022 election cycle represents a referendum on his leadership.

His party will not officially settle on a gubernatorial nominee until the June primary, but the GOP state convention highlights the putative GOP nominee – Rep. Lee Zeldin of Long Island – who could make or break Langworthy’s ability to make good on a longstanding vow to elect a GOP governor this year. Failure at that effort could mean that Democrats, who currently have supermajorities in both chambers of the state Legislature, end up even more powerful next year than when Langworthy took over as chair in 2019. “I'm fighting to change New York, and I've said many times that we need to change governors in the state of New York to have that change,” Langworthy told reporters Monday at the GOP state convention in Nassau County. 

Langworthy, a millennial from western New York, replaced the septuagenarian former Chair Edward Cox of Manhattan at a pivotal period in the history of the state party. Republicans have not won a statewide election in two decades and lost control of the state Senate in 2018, which established one-party rule by Democrats in Albany. “My mission and goal is to get us to the point where a Republican occupies the second floor of the state Capitol,” Langworthy told reporters in May 2019 before officially taking over as party leader. He made similar comments in June 2019 and July 2019

Another chair might have explored different paths to reviving GOP power in Albany. Republicans could target the Democratic legislative supermajorities in the 150-seat Assembly, where the GOP gained seats in 2020, and the 63-seat state Senate. The race for governor though appears to be their only chance of electing someone who could really check Democratic power in Albany. Langworthy claimed while campaigning for the chairmanship that he had the energy and creativity to figure out how to do this in 2022 with the help of a new generation of party leaders he promised to recruit. 

GOP chances this November are likely to depend on Zeldin, the front-runner who is getting the support of the vast majority of delegates to the state convention. Winning at the convention means he will not have to gather signatures to get on the ballot in the June primary against opponents that include businessman Harry Wilson, former Westchester Executive Rob Astorino and Andrew Giuliani, whose father Rudy mingled with delegates at the convention on Tuesday morning. Langworthy expressed his hope last summer to avoid a contested primary by having Republicans rally behind Zeldin.

Recent polls show Zeldin remains unknown to the vast majority of New York voters and even many Republicans. That has created an opening for other candidates like Wilson, a millionaire who is expected to finance his own campaign. “I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of coming in second place,” Assembly Member Chris Tague of the Capital Region told the convention Tuesday. He then leveraged some recent party history while urging delegates to back Wilson. “A few years ago, like many of you, I bucked leadership of this party to support my good friend Nick Langworthy to become our new state chairman (and) to stop accepting second place as a good enough effort every four years.” 

Republicans are hoping that 2021 victories on Long Island can be a model for winning statewide this November. That requires overcoming disadvantages with party registration and fundraising while appealing to female and minority voters. That is no easy task for a party that has increasingly become known in recent years as the party of white men. Langworthy’s rise as chair also reflected the strengthening grip of former President Donald Trump – who supported Langworthy’s efforts to oust Cox in 2019 – over a state party associated in the past with a more genteel brand of GOP politics represented by Cox, son-and-law of former President Richard Nixon. With Zeldin seemingly on course to become the GOP nominee, Langworthy can now focus on a general election that will measure just how effective he has been as party chair. “I'm not worried about my own tenure in this job,” he told City & State Monday. “I've always said that the minute I got to worry about keeping the job is the day that it's not worth having anymore.”

X
This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Learn More / Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Accept Cookies
X
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

When you visit our website, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third Party Cookies used please follow this link.

Allow All Cookies

Manage Consent Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies - Always Active

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data, Targeting & Social Media Cookies

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties. These cookies collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out we will not be able to offer you personalised ads and will not hand over your personal information to any third parties. Additionally, you may contact our legal department for further clarification about your rights as a California consumer by using this Exercise My Rights link

If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt-out. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

If you want to opt out of all of our lead reports and lists, please submit a privacy request at our Do Not Sell page.

Save Settings
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Functional Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Performance Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Social Media Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Targeting Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.