RYE BROOK, N.Y. (AP) _ New York Republicans gathered in Westchester County to nominate candidates for the fall elections, but a nearby visit by President Barack Obama threatened to upstage the gala.
The GOP will endorse candidates for attorney general and comptroller Wednesday, the convention's opening day.
Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be nominated Thursday. On Wednesday the Westchester County executive planned to join his Democratic opponent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, for Obama's visit to the Tappan Zee Bridge. Obama's trip is intended to highlight the need to invest in new roads and bridges.
State GOP Chairman Ed Cox says he thinks Cuomo arranged Obama's visit to divert attention from the Republicans. Cox says it shows Cuomo is nervous about the election, despite polls that give him a significant lead.
Democrats say the timing is a coincidence.