Cayuga County Republicans led by chairwoman Cherl Heary announced their endorsement of Carl Paladino today, the fourth county to back the GOP gubernatorial hopeful.
This is the third time county Republicans or Heary endorsed in the Republican race for governor. They first backed Steve Levy when Levy was in the race. Prior to the convention, Heary announced she was endorsing Myers Mermel.
Both Levy and Mermel are no longer in the race.
Heary said, in endorsing Paladino, that he is the "only true conservative Republican in the race."
"On behalf of the Cayuga County Republican Executive Committee, I proudly endorse Carl Paladino for Governor of the State of New York," Heary said. "Carl is a successful businessman and attorney who understands the burdens placed on employers in New York State. Carl has also demonstrated he won't be bullied by the career politicians and he has shown he will do what he says."
"Republicans who want lasting change need to vote for Carl Paladino on September 14th because he has the energy, passion and ability to make Albany work for the people once again," Heary said.
Paladino, who also picked up the endorsement from the Genesee County Republican chairman earlier this week, expressed his gratitude for the county GOP's backing.
"I am thankful for the endorsement of the Cayuga County Republican Executive Committee and Chairwoman Heary," Paladino said. "This campaign is about changing the way Albany works and I am going to lower taxes, cut spending and reform the status quo. As this race unfolds, GOP county chairs across the State are learning I am the only true reformer in this race. They're also coming to agree with rank-and-file Republicans who know Rick Lazio is a good man who simply cannot win."
Paladino is in a primary fight with fellow Republican Rick Lazio.
The primary election will take place Sept. 14.