Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino continues to visit Nassau GOP clubs even though the county party’s support as a whole has been less than overwhelming.
Some local Republicans speculate that Astorino is trying to take advantage of a possible chink in the relationship between Nassau Republicans and Democratic Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. State Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) recently had harsh words for Cuomo’s acceptance of the Working Families line, but Nassau Republicans from county executive to the state senate have worked closely with Cuomo in the past on the budget issues, property taxes and superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.
Astorino turned up and spoke Thursday at the annual East Rockaway GOP club dinner. He also visited the Massapequa Republican club the same night. Last month, Astorino talked to the Oyster Bay Republican club.
Hempstead Town Board member and county GOP spokesman Anthony Santino, who runs the East Rockaway club, said the county GOP had given Astorino a list of local club meetings.
“He’s the nominee of the Republican party and he’s who we’re supporting,” Santino said.