Councilmember Eric Ulrich has been named chair of Republican and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in New York City.
“I’m honored because I believe Governor Romney stands the best chance at defeating Barack Obama, and I know that he’ll make an excellent president during a very challenging time in our nation,” Ulrich told The Courier.
Born and raised in Ozone Park, Ulrich, 26, was first elected to the council when he was 24 and now represents Ozone Park and Howard Beach — serving as Minority Whip of the Republican delegation.
When Romney’s representatives reached out to him about three weeks ago to get on board the campaign, Ulrich said he happy to take on the leadership role.
“I’m not getting any financial compensation for this,” Ulrich said. “I’m doing this for the country because I believe he is prepared to take us in a better direction. The country needs Governor Romney’s leadership.”
Ulrich will be working with Guy Molinari, Romney’s New York state chairman and former Staten Island borough president.
“Since being elected in 2009, Eric Ulrich has emerged as one of the rising stars in the Republican Party,” said Molinari. “I am honored that he has agreed to work with me to ensure that Governor Romney assembles a formidable organization here in New York City for our party’s primary and we return New York to the Republican column next November.”
Currently, Ulrich is assisting the campaign by selecting delegates and alternate delegates from various districts throughout the city for next year’s Republican National Convention. He said he is also helping with fundraising and lining up additional support from civic and political leaders across the city.