Ed Cox out as NY GOP leader after 10 years, heavy losses in 2018

Ed Cox stepped down Monday as head of the Republican Party in New York, just months after heavy losses statewide in congressional and legislative races led to calls for a leadership change.

Allies say Nick Langworthy, the longtime Erie County Republican chairman who had publicly challenged Cox for the leadership, sewed up a majority of the party’s state committee Monday morning.

President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign announced Cox’s appointment to the campaign finance team hours after Langworthy allies claimed victory.

Cox, a son-in-law of the late President Richard M. Nixon, had led the New York GOP since 2009. Last year, amid a Democratic “blue wave,” Republicans lost all four statewide races, three congressional seats and their last bastion of power in New York, the State Senate.

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