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Republicans battle the snow and simple math

Claim 25 went to rally attended by 13

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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:25 am, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

Thirteen people representing various Queens Republican clubs gathered at Borough Hall during the snowstorm on Jan. 22 to protest Gov. Cuomo’s recent anti-conservative remarks.

However, a press release sent out by the Queens Village Republican Club after the event proclaimed that a much bigger protest was held.

“Twenty-five conservative Republicans ... assembled,” the release said, “to protest against Gov. Cuomo’s intolerant and offensive remarks that conservative Republicans have no place in New York.”

In reality, 11 people were present at the start of the rally and the crowd grew to 13 by the end of the protest, which took place in driving snow and bitter cold.

Asked about the discrepancy, Queens Village Republican Club President Phil Orenstein said the figure in the press release was an error that reflected the number of people who were expected to attend.

“The 25 figure was an error, which was closer to the confirmed count rather than the actual number,” Orenstein said. “There were about 5 to 6 more speakers who were confirmed and a number of people who didn’t show at the last minute due to the storm.”

No corrected press release was issued.

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