“Young GOP’er scandalizes LI society,” screams an overwrought headline at the top of page 4 of today’s Post. “Nixon-grandson uproar” yelps the subhead.
Kind of unclear, at least off the bat, what the uproar really is, other than some personal snark from the local Republican opposition -- who justifiably or not wants someone other than Chris Cox to run in the 1st CD against Democratic incumbent Tim Bishop.
But have patence.. Let’s read on.
We are told in the story -- click here to see for yourself -- that the 31-year-old Cox, son of Nixon in-law and GOP state chair Ed Cox, is engaged to Andrea Catsimatidis, the 20-year-old daughter of billionaire John Catsimatidis. He met her when she was 17.
“Everyone’s snickering behind their back,” said a “high-ranking GOP leader” from out east, quotes the Post.
“She’s a kid,” says the ‘source.’ “He brings her to these very staid Republican events and she’s in a miniskirt….”
Oh no! Not a miniskirt!
Same ‘source’: “I’m shell-shocked…”
Story adds without attribution that Long Island’s ‘elite’ is scandalized.
(Just an aside: Aren’t the ‘elite’ supposed to be the Hollywood liberals with which the Hamptons are lousy this season? Someone must have missed the memo.)
Ok, so anyway, let's find this scandal that has the good burghers of Suffolk so scandalized.
We see in the story that John Catsimatidis once ‘expressed concern’ to Cindy Adams about Cox’ engagement. But oh, wait, now Pop calls Chris “one of the nicest kids I’ve ever met.”
The couple is then quoted as saying conventionally lovey-dovey things about each other and that they play tennis, swim, love politics.
Gotta be something better. We’re talking about fancy rich LI, right? Where some wasted kids drive their expensive cars into trees, where a waste-o backs an expensive car into the local peasantry -- where Gatsby gets shot in the pool?
But I’m moving to the next-to-last paragraph and becoming disappointed that I won’t get a scandal after all.
Chris Cox “is as sheltered as you can get,” says “a high-ranking state GOP official” (presumably not the same person as the high-ranking GOP leader in the famously divided party). “Not streetwise. Like an old-school stodgy Republican. He’s very rigid. I’ve maybe seen him have one drink at a cocktail party.”
Whoa – what happened to the miniskirt and the scandalized staid Republicans?
This kinda suggests Cox should prove he’s down with his party peeps by having a few pops at a cocktail party and maybe running a Hummer into a landscaping truck out on 27.
Hey -- we don't know what we don't know.
Maybe there really is something dark and horrid lurking here somewhere.
If so, it hasn't come out yet.