A reorganizational meeting in Albany brought together republicans from across New York State to discuss their goals and political agendas for next year. But as YNN's Karen Tararache found out, there is still a whole lot left for the GOP to decide on.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Edward Cox said, "We're the party of small business. When jobs are created, they need to be represented. We represent them. The people of New York State, when they get that message, they're going to know we are the party to lead the state forward."
But exactly who will lead the Republican Party in next year's statewide elections? For one, we now know Edward Cox will once again serve as Republican Party Chair. Yet still unclear is who the party will find to run for governor of New York against Andrew Cuomo.
"We put a number of names out sometime ago, but we're now getting to the serious business of selecting candidates and talking to people about putting their lives out there," Cox said.
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin has been vocal about a possible run against Cuomo, but he has admitted he's concerned that he will not be able to raise enough money.
Cox added, "Former Governor Eliot Spitzer far outspent his opponent in a Democratic primary and yet he still lost."
And while money may not be a major concern for some party members, getting the majority in the State Senate in 2014 is.
Senator Catharine Young said, "We really need that grass roots involvement and we really need people that are boots on the ground that are willing to roll up their sleeves because we focused on the right priorities and the right policies."
Former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia added, "Give people a choice, run on the candidates, run on the issues and then the people of New York are going to decide."
Garcia himself has been pegged as a possible candidate to run against Eric Schneiderman for State Attorney General, but he said, "People want a yes or a no and it's an honor for people to be talking about that, but right now, for me, personally, I'm not running for anything."
Chairman Cox wants to wait until after this year's elections to get serious about finding candidates for 2014, but once he starts that search, it looks like he will have his work cut out for him.