Onondaga County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey gave a very early endorsement to President-elect Donald Trump and Dadey was with Trump on election night. Dadey said he does not think it will be bad for the region for Trump to know that he has friends in Onondaga County.
After the election results were in, Dadey said Trump was statesmen-like and gracious when Trump came down with his family to address supporters at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel.
“We went through a very divisive election in this country,” Dadey said. “That night, he started the healing process by trying to bring folks together and say it’s a new day, a new direction for the country, as president-elect I want to be the president for all Americans, not just certain groups.”
Dadey said for the last eight years, there has not been a robust economy under President Obama.
“A couple of things attracted me to Donald Trump and his candidacy early on was his ability to be a strong leader and his skill set and his ability to create jobs,” Dadey said. “Infrastructure projects, rebuilding America are going to be focal in getting our economy moving and going in the right direction.”
And Dadey said things have seemed to stabilize around the country. The stock market bounced back after an initial plunge following Trump's victory on Election Day.
"There’s a renewed optimism in America, you can see it with how some companies are reacting,” Dadey said.
Onondaga County voters favored Hillary Clinton. But many central New York counties that went for President Obama in 2012 such as Oswego, Cayuga, Seneca, Cortland, Madison and St. Lawrence County voted for Trump in 2016.