By Robert J. McCarthy
RYE BROOK -- If one word dominates the Republican State Convetnion wrapping up today, it is probably "fracking."
From the candidates themselves, to guest speakers like retired CNBC host Larry Kudlow, and to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's keynote address before the convention dinner Wednesday night, the GOP is making its case for the state to grant its approval for the controversial natural gas recovery process.
So it was no accident that Corbett, facing a tough re-election battle himself, stressed the job creation results of fracking's approval in his state.
"You have energy here in the ground in New York, but you're not getting to it," he told his receptive audience. "It can be done here. You just need a new governor."
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who was officially designated as the Republican candidate for governor today, is now expected to pick up that theme as he hits the campaign road -- possibly in Buffalo as early as Saturday, according to sources.