Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy lined up last year as one of Donald Trump's most vocal supporters as the Manhattan real estate developer and TV celebrity mulled a run for governor.
Now, as Trump endures a firestorm of criticism for his characterization of Sen. John McCain as not a war hero, Langworthy finds himself in the enviable position of supporting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for president this year. Trump might have headed the senator's list for governor, but president appears to be a different story.
"I will not speak ill of the man [Trump], but John McCain is a true American hero," Langworthy said Monday, referring to the Arizona senator and former POW in North Vietnam.
Langworthy is emerging as one of Walker's top supporters in New York, where the effort is led by former Washington County GOP Chairman Mike Bittel.
"I'll be working with him on a regular basis," Langworthy said. "I'm excited to be part of the campaign."
The chairman joined fellow New Yorkers Henry F. Wojtaszek, former Niagara County Republican chairman, and current Washington County GOP Chairman Sam Hall in suburban Milwaukee last week for the Walker announcement for president.
Langworthy said he expects Western New York to play a fundraising role for Walker.
"I'm confident we might get a visit," he said.