Next for Minarik? Hockey tryouts

Fairly or unfairly, even before the fact, state GOP chairman Steve Minarik has been singled out for a lot of criticism over the state Republican parties failures. (The New York Post says unfairly: it's Pataki's fault.)

The political blog at one New York City paper posed this question, among others, to their readers on Monday: "How long does it take Republicans to get out the knives for state chairman Stephen Minarik? Who will replace him?" (Check out the comments for answers; their readers are, um, less than charitable.)

Minarik left Albany early and flew back to Rochester to celebrate the election results here where he's also the county chair. We caught up with him at the GOP festivities at the Clarion and did our best to get him to talk about what's next for the state Republican party. Here's what he said:

We did the best we could. You know the odds were against us from the very beginning and we tried to do our best. I commend John Faso and John Spencer and all those guys for putting forth a good effort. I mean, I don’t know what else to say.

What’s the next step from the party’s perspective to rebuild? You’ve got a lot of work to do. First of all, are you going to stick around?

I’ll tell you this. It was interesting time for us. Would I like it to be better? Sure. But I think that we did the best that we could. It’s not like the party is a disaster. We still control the state Senate. We held our own in the Assembly. We did good on the congressional races.

What’s the next step going forward?

You know what the next step is? My son has his third day of tryouts at Webster Schroeder for hockey. That’s the next step.

So are you going to stick around at the state level or no?

I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see.

--- Krestia DeGeorge


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