As for the fact that Democrats lost three seats on the Otsego County board in November while picking up only one, Abbate acknowledged, “We have to go back to the drawing board and work a little harder.”
Delaware County GOP Chairwoman Maria Kelso said Cuomo won’t be able to escape being linked to Obama’s health care initiative, as he has supported it from the beginning.
“It is definitely going to have repercussions for the 2014 elections,” she said.
She also said the GOP’s chances of success in the coming year should not be seen through the lens of the shellacking suffered by the party’s 2010 candidate at the top of the New York ticket, then-gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino, a Buffalo businessman.
“Paladino self-destructed on his own,” Kelso said.
Kelso, who declined to comment on whether she will support Astorino, said the GOP will prosper if it can rally behind a candidate who is not a self-promoter and is effective at communicating directly with New Yorkers.
“Just be an advocate for your state and your constituents,” she said, “and you’ll have a winning message.”