“Giddy” would be a good word to describe Nassau Republicans as they celebrated Tuesday night at Mirelle’s Restaurant next door to party headquarters on Post Avenue in Westbury.
County chairman Joseph Mondello was basking in victories on several levels. His party had held two open Assembly seats, apparently picked up a state Senate seat, carried the county for two statewide GOP candidates (attorney general and comptroller) who lost statewide and had a sweep of all judgeships, including the patronage-laden surrogate.
He could not take all the credit for a possible Republican return to power in the state Senate, but if the GOP does take the Senate, Dean Skelos of Rockville Centre will once again be the Republican majority leader.
“They predicted we would never be back. They predicted the end of the Republican Party nationwide, statewide and in this county,” state Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Oyster Bay) told the crowd. “One guy, one man, had the faith. One man kept up together. One man led us to victory. and that’s our great chairman, Joe Mondello. We wouldn’t be here without him. This is his win.”
Lynbrook Mayor Brian Curran, who won the 14th Assembly District race, called Mondello, “the best chairman going in this country.”
Edward Ra, 28, who just won the 21st Assembly race in his first bid for elective office, took it up another notch, calling Mondello “the greatest chairman, not only in the United States of America, but in the whole entire world.”
It must have been sweet for Mondello, who stepped down as state GOP chairman last year following criticism that he had not played a more robust role in the 2008 elections, in which the GOP lost control of the state Senate after two decades, and picked up seats in the U.S. House.