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Onondaga County Republican chairman endorses Donald Trump for president

Onondaga County Republican chairman endorses Donald Trump for president

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Donald Trump speaks at a fundraiser for the Onondaga County Republican Committee on March 11, 2014 at the DoubleTree Hotel in DeWitt.

Tom Dadey wants to make America great again. 

The chairman of the Onondaga County Republican Committee announced Wednesday he's endorsing Donald Trump, the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination. 

In a statement, Dadey said Trump, a billionaire real estate mogul, is a proven leader. 

"Donald Trump represents our last, best chance to make America great again," Dadey said. "I proudly endorse his candidacy for president and will work as hard as I possibly can to get him elected so we can change the direction in Washington D.C." 

Dadey is the latest Republican official from New York to choose sides in the presidential race. 

Last month, 30 New York GOP officials, including five county chairs, backed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who is running third in most national polls. 

On Tuesday, former New York Gov. George Pataki, who dropped out of the presidential race in December, endorsed Rubio

But for Dadey, Trump is the candidate who has injected excitement in an "uninspiring" presidential field. The Manhattan businessman is the front-runner for the Republican nomination and holds leads in each of the early primary states. 

"We need someone like Donald Trump who isn't afraid to shake things up and shatter the status quo so America can retake its rightful place as leader of the free world," Dadey said. "New York and our country have major challenges that have been ignored or neglected over the last eight years and must be addressed, including a sagging economy and growing international strife."

The endorsement comes nearly two years after Trump headlined a fundraiser for the Onondaga County GOP in the Syracuse area. At the time, he was considering a run for governor. 

Ultimately, he opted not to enter the race. 

New York's presidential primary is Tuesday, April 19. Trump is the favorite to win his home state. 

A poll released in September by the Siena Research Institute found Trump had a 20-point lead over his closest competitor. 

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