He also says that the formal process should remain open until a special election date is announced by the Governor — then the GOP Chairmen of Brooklyn and Staten Island can meet to select a candidate that both can and will support
Earlier today Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton issued the following statement:
"Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis has served the people of Brooklyn with distinction for the past four years. She is a champion for our neighborhoods and our ideals. *** During an informal meeting of the leaders of the Brooklyn Republican Party within the NY 11th Congressional District, the majority in attendance expressed support for Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis to be our nominee for the seat that is now vacant. *** Because the 11th Congressional District is a bi-county seat, By Laws of the New York State Republican Committee govern the way a nominee is chosen for a special election. NYS By Laws allow for the Richmond County Chairman and the Kings County Chairman to meet and for each to cast his/her vote for their preferred candidate. The vote is weighted based on the number of committee members and Republicans contained within the district at the time of the last general election. *** Because I believe that choosing a Congressional candidate for this seat is very important for our neighborhoods and our nation, I do not believe that it should be taken lightly, nor be done without providing a fair and open process, which includes having the Committee meet and interview all prospective candidates. *** My committee and I have determined that it is in the best interest of the Constituents of the 11th Congressional District to wait until the Governor calls an election and at that time we will schedule a convention of the county committee members of the 11th Congressional District in Brooklyn, and invite all interested candidates to attend and speak to those attending. I will then bind myself to their vote and deliver same at my meeting with Chairman Antoniello at the lawfully appointed time. *** In the very end, my committee and I will support the candidate selected through this process and will work diligently to ensure that he or she is victorious in the election."