Live Q&A with New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox
Welcome to our live Q&A with Ed Cox, chairman of the New York State Republican Party. Mr. Cox will answer questions starting at about 11:30 a.m., but you may begin submitting them now. To submit a question, enter your name and your question in the boxes at the bottom of this Q&A window and click "Send."

Please note: Your questions will not publish immediately. We will post questions and their responses together to keep the Q&A in a readable order. Depending on the volume of questions, we may not be able to answer them all.
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:25
[Comment From Jared W.Jared W.: ] 
How do you justify having Tom Dadey as a Co-Vice Chair when he was unable to find a candidate to challenge the incumbent Democrat Mayor of Syracuse, and went so far as to take a legitimate Republican candidate to court in order to prevent him from being a candidate?
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:38 Jared W.
Ed Cox: 
Dadey: "We did not have a serious candidate for Mayor. Ian Hunter never even formed a campaign committee, raised money, or even had a campaign structure in place, proving the local GOP's point that he was not a serious candidate for Mayor. No strong Republican came forward who could win or wanted the job."
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:39 Ed Cox
[Comment From RoccoRocco: ] 
At the 2012 RNC you voted for "The Ginsberg Rules", which took power from grassroots delegates and gave it to the centralized power of the winning presidential nominee. The rules in essence allow a campaign to replace delegates they do not like with yes men, having a substantial effect on our parties platform. Does this vote not demonstrate a certain contempt for the grass roots? Furthermore, why do you believe that the head of a presidential campaign should have veto power over an entire states delegation?
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:40 Rocco
Ed Cox: 
Chairman Priebus of the RNC, looking at the disaster of the Republican primary process in 2012, when there were a huge number of debates in formats that were selected by the media and others, is using the power given to him by the National Committee (including myself) to move up the convention to June, have a limited number of more substantive debates in which the format and moderator are selected by the Committee. If a state or candidate violate the rules, they'll lose a lot of their delegates. This will give the Party a much better format where the candidates will be able to express their positions on issues and voters will be able to decide based upon those positions.
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:43 Ed Cox
Quick programming note: Onondaga County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey is also here and answering questions.
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:44
[Comment From Jared W.Jared W.: ] 
How do you propose to grow the Republican Party in the inner cities?
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:44 Jared W.
Ed Cox: 
The State Party has hired a dedicated Coalitions Director who is establishing coalitions of ethnic minority Republicans on the county level all across the State. On Monday night, the State Party held a Toys for Tots drive in the South Bronx with Sen. Ruben Diaz (and Santa Claus). Rob Astorino was also on hand and addressed the crowd in Spanish. The State Party is totally committed to being on the ground in every community in the State. We also held an Asian-American coalition event earlier this year in Chinatown feat. Gov. Jon Huntsman, attended by over 550 Mandarin-speaking Republicans.
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:46 Ed Cox
[Comment From UrsulaUrsula: ] 
Is there any agreement among NYS Republicans about the role of human activities (like burning the fossils of dead dinosaurs) in driving climate change? Does the party have any shared positions on how to end reliance on fossil fuels? Who are the environmentalists in your party? I want to meet them.
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:48 Ursula
Ed Cox: 
The Republican Party in New York State has traditionally been a pro-environment, pro-conservation party, going back to Gov. Rockefeller's legislation cleaning up the Hudson. Republicans passed the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts in the 70s and established the EPA. The NYGOP will continue to be a green party, fully involved in legislation and administrative acts to protect the environment.
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:50 Ed Cox
Ed Cox: 
For myself, I'm Chairman of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and have been involved with environmental matters throughout my entire career.
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:50 Ed Cox
[Comment From Doug - Watertown, NYDoug - Watertown, NY: ] 
Mr. Cox pleasure to make your acquaintance, appreciate your time out of your busy day. As a lifelong Democrat living here in NYS one wonders if the extreme make up of upstate Republicans such as Carl Paladino and the heavy lobbying effort of the anti-NYS SAFE Act can compete and quite frankly win any state wide election going forward into the round of statewide elections. Will the NYS GOP be more sensitive to find more moderate candidates beyond the message they must put forward in order to win their respective primaries or will TEA Party conservative continue to exercise their brand of “justice” leaving the Democrats with State wide elected official’s monopoly?
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:51 Doug - Watertown, NY
Ed Cox: 
My pleasure. Here in New York State, the Tea Party has provided energy to support our Republican candidates and they deserve a good piece of the credit for the huge victories we had in 2010 all around the state. We may from time to time differ in style, but we do not differ in our objective of a fiscally responsible state with a thriving economy.
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:52 Ed Cox
[Comment From Jake PalmateerJake Palmateer: ] 
NYSRPA President Tom King and others have said leaders in the state Republican Party to not intend on bringing up the SAFE Act during the 2014 election cycle and may even withhold support from Republican candidates that campaign on anti-SAFE Act platform. Is this true?
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:53 Jake Palmateer
Ed Cox: 
The State Party has been intensely involved in supporting the demonstrations against the SAFE Act, working with Tom King and others, and as we speak, we are helping to locate and register to vote opponents of the SAFE Act. Unfortunately, as it turns out, many of our good friends who are opposed to the SAFE Act are not registered to vote. We are determined to register every one of them and get them to the polls in 2014.
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:54 Ed Cox
[Comment From Allen OakesAllen Oakes: ] 
Why can't we drop the percentage on corporate and small business taxes to promote jobs in this state?
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:56 Allen Oakes
Ed Cox: 
Right on, Allen! We need to cut both corporate and income taxes, since most small businesses (by far the biggest job creators) are taxed to their owners with the owners reinvesting what's left over (a good portion of their income) into the business. We also need to cut the maze of regulations that smother small businesses in this state.
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:58 Ed Cox
Ed Cox: 
So far, the two biggest obstacles to serious tax cuts have been Gov. Cuomo and Speaker Silver. A new Republican Governor in 2014 will pave the way to lower taxes for everyone.
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:58 Ed Cox
[Comment From Matthew SnyderMatthew Snyder: ] 
Is the Republican Party Leadership looking for ways to lower overall taxes for all businesses in the state, rather than market the state only to new businesses through plans like the Governor's that create tax free zones around University's in the state?
Thursday December 19, 2013 11:59 Matthew Snyder
Ed Cox: 
Sen. DeFrancisco's tax-cutting commission has recommended across-the-board tax cuts. While not as splashy as the Governor's heavily advertised tax free zones, across-the-board tax cuts are the way to grow businesses and create jobs here in New York.
Thursday December 19, 2013 12:00 Ed Cox
Ed Cox: 
For more on our tax plan, check out our jobs agenda at
Thursday December 19, 2013 12:00 Ed Cox
[Comment From Ernesto CruzErnesto Cruz: ] 
Mr. Cox What are we doing to bring union members to the Republican Party and What measures can be taken by a GOP Governor to undo the SAFE Act?
Thursday December 19, 2013 12:01 Ernesto Cruz
Ed Cox: 
Over a period of years, I have been speaking to union gatherings, particularly the trade unions, who are as interested as good jobs as anyone in the state. They want to create good jobs as much as we do. With respect to the SAFE Act, I don't yet have a strategy for a Republican Governor to undo it (since Cuomo acted alone without the legislature), but anything that can be done by our next Republican Governor to undo the SAFE Act, will.
Thursday December 19, 2013 12:03 Ed Cox
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
What can be done to attract more independent voters to the Republican Party? Can the state party help Republican Party at the county level to have better web sires?
Thursday December 19, 2013 12:04 Guest
Ed Cox: 
Good questions! We are already working with our county committees to develop their websites, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. With respect to independent voters, sometimes better known as "blanks," we will need them to win statewide elections. My experience tells me that they lean Republican in that they are fiscal and pro-growth conservatives more often than not.
Thursday December 19, 2013 12:06 Ed Cox
Ed Cox: 
Thank you for all of your questions - sorry we couldn't get to everybody. We're off to Rochester! Stay in touch with the State GOP at, @NewYorkGOP and
Thursday December 19, 2013 12:07 Ed Cox
Thank you for your questions today, and our thanks to Ed Cox and Tom Dadey for taking the time to answer them!
Thursday December 19, 2013 12:08
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