Nixon Grandson Casts Nationwide Money Net in N.Y. Race

Posted March 23, 2010 at 12:35pm

New York Congressional candidate Chris Cox (R) rolled out an impressive national finance team Tuesday and promised “an aggressive fundraising campaign that will span the entire country” as he seeks to win the 1st district seat.

His finance committee includes former Reps. Tom Loeffler (R-Texas) and Tom Davis (R-Va.), both of whom have had leadership roles in Republican Party committees; businessman and former Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush administration aide Fred Malek; New York City businessman and billionaire John Catsimatidis; and Ronald Walker, president of the Richard Nixon Foundation.

Cox is the grandson of Nixon, which helps explain the involvement of Walker and Malek. Loeffler and Malek were also leading finance committee members for Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential bid. Cox was executive director of McCain’s New York campaign and has hired a number of consultants from McCain’s presidential team, including former McCain Chief of Staff Mark Salter and former adviser John Weaver.

Davis was also a McCain backer in 2008.

Entrepreneur Randy Altschuler (R), one of Cox’s rivals in the GOP primary, has his own big-name backers. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) headlined a fundraiser for Altschuler last week in New York, with co-hosts including former George W. Bush adviser Dan Senor, a possible New York Senate candidate; D.C. lobbyist and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce Wayne Berman; and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

Former Securities and Exchange Commission prosecutor George Demos (R) has also raised a significant sum for the race.

The GOP is hoping to avoid a contested primary, but a showdown is looking increasingly likely.

The winner of a Sept. 14 primary will face four-term Rep. Tim Bishop (D).