N.Y. Republican downplays campaign shakeup

New York House candidate Chris Cox (R) is trying to downplay the loss of several senior advisers.

The Ballot Box confirmed that John Weaver, Mark Salter, Fred Davis, Jim McCray, Josh Geleris and Danny Diaz have recently left Cox's campaign. The consultants all had ties to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Geleris accompanied Cox on his last round of interviews in Washington.

Cox said the move was simply "shifting personnel."

"In preparation for the upcoming September primaries for the Republican and Conservative Party ballot lines, our congressional campaign team is shifting some personnel," Cox said in a statement Tuesday night. "This shift will allow our team to move from the initial organizational phase to a more tactical phase."

Cox is vying against wealthy businessman Randy Altschuler and former SEC attorney George Demos in the Sept. 14 primary to face Rep. Tim Bishop (D).

Cox is the son of state GOP Chairman Ed Cox and the grandson of the late President Richard Nixon.

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