Republican county legislator blames downslide of party on TrumpPosted: Updated:
When Yonkers County Legislator David Tubiolo is sworn in again, he will be the only Republican on the board.
Democrats have long outnumbered Republicans in Westchester 2-1.
It's the same margin in Tubiolo's district, but that margin appears to be growing.
Tubiolo says the Democratic advantage never stopped Republicans from winning - until 2016 - and he blames the recent downslide of his party on President Donald Trump.
"I think it's brought a lot of negatives to the forefront of everything, and when someone sees something on a national scale, they blame local," says Tubiolo.
News 12 reached out to Westchester County Republican Chairman Doug Colety by phone, and he insists President Trump isn't solely to blame for the downward spiral. He says Democrats are particularly motivated and are turning out in numbers that are hard to compete with.
"We have to tweak our messaging. We have to deal with the increase in voter participation," says Colety.
Last Tuesday's election saw Democrats winning 74% of the contested races, Colety says they did pick up some seats, including the Yorktown supervisor, and believes it's not too late for his party to turn things around.
Perhaps the toughest part of Colety's job will be keeping elected officials like Tubiolo in the fold, which is increasingly becoming harder to do.