Friday, February 27, 2015

400+ Attend Broome Republican Dinner, Guest of Honor Ari Fleischer Talks 9/11, Terrorism and 2016 Presidential Politics

(2/27/15; Binghamton, NY) The Broome County Republican Committee welcomed more than 400 supporters last night at its Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn in Binghamton. The enthusiastic crowd was the largest the Committee has hosted in nearly 15 years.

“It’s great to see so many Republican activists and supporters come tonight,” said Republican Chairman Bijoy Datta. “Locally, Republicans have won back seat after seat from the Democrats over the last few years because we’re active; we're getting things done rather than just talking about it.”

The evening’s Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker was former White House Press Secretary and best-selling author Ari Fleischer. Mr. Fleischer served in the White House under President George W. Bush from 2001 through 2003 and was at the President's side through the tragic events of September 11, 2001. He penned the NY Times best-seller "Taking Heat", which recounted his tenure in the White House.

"It was an honor to join Southern Tier Republicans for tonight’s event,” said Fleischer. “At a time when our nation is at a critical juncture dealing with ISIS and terrorism, the economy and partisan gridlock, it’s heartening to see a groundswell of activism and enthusiasm for real Republican principles in Upstate New York.”

Major elected officials at the Dinner included Assemblymen Cliff Crouch, Chris Friend and Pete Lopez, Broome County Executive Debbie Preston, Broome County Sheriff Dave Harder, Broome County Clerk Rick Blythe, Binghamton Mayor Rich David, and many others.

Republican leaders from around the state in attendance included Chemung County Sheriff and former Lt. Governor candidate Chris Moss, Onondaga County Comptroller and former State Comptroller candidate Bob Antonacci, State Republican First Vice Chairman and Onondaga County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey, Tioga County Republican Chairman Don Leonard, Chenango County Republican Chairman Tom Morrone, and State Conservative Regional Chairman and Broome Conservative Chairman Jim Thomas.

Broome County has received Statewide attention in political circles for its recent trend of strong Republican electoral victories, including winning back the Binghamton Mayor’s Office with the victory of Republican Rich David, winning back the Broome County Executive’s Office with the victory of Republican Debbie Preston, winning back control of the County Legislature with an overwhelming Republican Majority, winning back its Congressional seat with the victory of Richard Hanna, and holding 14 of 16 current Town Supervisor seats.

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