Let's give the NY GOP some credit.
A recent straw poll of the party shows that Lee Zelkin would be the GOP candidate for Governor in the next election, opposite incumbent Andrew Cuomo, who has already said he'd run for a 4th term, which, if memory serves me correctly, would surpass his late father, Mario, who followed fellow Democrat Hugh Carey into the governor's mansion in the 80's.
I know what you're thinking. Who is this Lee Zelkin? All we know is that he garnered a whopping 85% in the straw poll. However, he doesn't have widespread name recognition. Rob Astorino, whom Cuomo beat in 2014, thinks he should be the nominee, but apparently, getting his butt kicked at the polls convinced the party that he's damaged goods.
Barr, you'll recall, resigned right before the holidays, but it appears he'd had enough of coddling a man-child with no morals or scruples. According to ABC's Jonathan Karl, who has a book coming out in November, McConnell couldn't come right out and slam then-President Pampers "for political reasons" (read: prolonging the inevitable), so he felt Barr was the only one who could.