6:04 pm Aug. 9, 2012
After some reported tension with the Romney campaign, state G.O.P. chairman Ed Cox has officially compiled the list of New York delegates to the Republican convention.
The state party saw fit to honor some of its biggest donors, including, most conspicuously, David Koch, the billionaire industrialist who has bankrolled a number of conservative causes, and is funding a massive advertising campaign aimed squarely at President Obama.
A source told Politico that Koch was Cox's choice, which makes sense given Koch's strong support for the state party. In February, Koch gave $100,000 to the committee's housekeeping account. He gave the same amount last year, after donating $50,000 in 2010, and has given upwards of half a million dollars in total to various arms of the state committee.
He's also been a strong supporter of the Republican majority in the Senate, giving $25,000 to the party's senate committee in 2008, and individual donations of $16,800 to Roy McDonald and Stephen Saland last year. (Koch does support one Democrat: Andrew Cuomo, to whom he donated $50,000 for Cuomo's 2010 race for governor.)
Koch doesn't generally seek the spotlight, and could decline the at-large bid.
The delegate roster also includes some of Romney's top bundlers: Woody Johnson, Georgette Mosbacher, and Emil Henry, among others. (Andrew Catsimatidis Cox, the daughter of bundler John Catsimatidis and daughter-in-law of party chair Ed Cox, also makes the list.)
There are lots of current and former elected officials too, on both the delegate and alternate lists: Al D'Amato, George Pataki, Dean Skelos, Rick Lazio, Greg Ball, Eric Ulrich, Marty Golden, Bill Weld, Sue Kelly, John Faso, George Maziarz and many more.
Also on the list is Judy Kudlow, the wife of CNBC host Lawrence Kudlow.