ALBANY - About 75 Republican women gathered Wednesday in suburban Albany to send a clear message: They're still supporting Donald Trump.
A handful of county-level Republican officials led a "Women For Trump" rally and fundraiser Wednesday at a hotel near the state's capital city, where attendees heard from speakers including U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long and Lara Trump, the candidate's daughter-in-law.
The rally had been organized well before the release Friday of a 2005 video showing the Republican presidential candidate making extremely lewd comments about his treatment of women, a disclosure that led to a wave of Republican lawmakers pulling their support.
But the women who attended the rally Wednesday were undeterred, reaffirming their support for Trump and disdain for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate.
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said she was "not happy" with Trump's comments, but said the decision between Clinton and Trump is "much larger than that."
"This decision is not an easy decision for some but it is the right decision, and when ever has the right decision been an easy decision," Odell said. "So my decision is based on my love for my county and my country."
The rally was led by Fulton County GOP Chair Susan McNeil and Sandra King, head of the Yates County GOP, who were among a group that waited hours to stake out front-row seats to see Trump accept his party's nomination at the Republican National Convention in July.
"If you are here to show your support for Donald Trump, stand up and show your support," McNeil shouted, prompting those in the hotel ballroom to stand and chant: "Trump! Trump! Trump!"
Republicans in New York have largely stood behind Trump, the Manhattan developer and businessman, despite the comments in the video, which showed him crudely boasting of being able to "do anything" to women -- including grab their genitals -- because he's "a star."