LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Republicans will go to the polls on Tuesday and vote in the primary to choose who they want to face off against President Barack Obama. The presumptive winner is Mitt Romney and Lewisboro Republican Town Chair Andrea Rendo said she’s just fine with that.
“I like Mitt Romney,” she said. “The campaign has been a bit of ‘will the real conservative please stand up,’ but he has good opinions on the issues. I think Republicans can stick by him and rally.”
Northern Westchester Republicans, led by the Lewisboro GOP Committee, will gather at the Horse & Hound restaurant on Tuesday night to watch the primary results on TV.
“It’s a good opportunity to get the Republicans out and together,” Rendo said. “Politics have a gotten a little stuffy and this is a way to engage the party.”
The Tuesday night event will also serve as a fundraiser for Assembly member Robert Castelli, who is seeking re-election to his seat this fall.
While Tuesday’s GOP primary is solely for the presidential candidates, New York state voters will be asked to go to the polls for primaries two more times before the general elections are held in November. The primary for congressional candidates will be held June 26 and the primary for state senate and assembly seats is slated for Sept. 11.
In those elections, Lewisboro Republican constituents are the ones who have the incumbent to support. Besides Castelli, who will seek re-election as the representative of the 93rd Assembly District (formerly the 89th), Nan Hayworth will run for Congress again to represent the 19th District (formerly the 18th).
“Bob Castelli is a perfect example of what we want from a representative,” Rendo said. “He takes his job very seriously – he only missed four votes. He’s truly a public servant and he makes an effort to reach across party lines.”
Rendo said the presidential candidates could learn a lesson from Castelli’s bipartisan stance on some issues.
“They should take heed because you shouldn’t be so closed off to other ideas,” she said.
Rendo also said she was also impressed with Hayworth’s first term in Congress, noting she was essentially a political neophyte before the election two years ago.
“I like her very much, she’s worked hard to get familiar with the issues,” Rendo said. “She listens and keeps an open mind. I really haven’t seen an extreme challenge from the other side because she is doing a good job.”