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Cino gains backing of Cox; GOP House members

The chairman of the New York GOP and the state's Republican congressional caucus are uniting behind Buffalo native Maria Cino to become the new head of the Republican National Committee.

Chairman Edward F. Cox, along with three sitting congressmen and five incoming members, all expressed strong support today for the graduate of Mt. St. Joseph's Academy and St. John Fisher College.

"What we need now is experienced, committed and focused leadership," Cox said. "Throughout her career in politics and government Maria has demonstrated clearly she has the skills necessary to ensure the RNC is an effective driver of our values and our candidates in time for 2012."

Cino, who entered the Washington arena as an aide to former Rep. Bill Paxon of Newstead, also received the backing of eight members from New York - Reps. Peter T. King , Christopher J. Lee and Thomas W. Reed; along with Representatives-elect Ann-Marie Buerkle, Chris Gibson, Michael Grimm, Richard Hanna and Nan Hayworth.

"Maria's national political experience is unparalleled. Her organization and fundraising skills are world-class, the members said. "We all know what is at stake in 2012. We also know that our party is unprepared for the campaigns that lie ahead. Saddled with a historic debt, an expensive convention to plan, and a total rebuilding of our Victory programs, we are confident that Maria can once again save our party."

Cino has emerged as a top candidate in the effort, with backing from major GOP figures like former Vice President Dick Cheney.

--Robert J. McCarthy

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