By Tom Precious
ALBANY – Rob Astorino is expected to make it official Wednesday that he is jumping into the race to try to oust Gov. Andrew Cuomo from the governor’s mansion.
The Republican Westchester County Executive, who has won two terms in a county where Democrats heavily outnumber Republicans, said today on his Twitter account that he is “announcing decision on whether to run for governor of NY in video news release Wednesday.’’
Astorino for months has been traveling the state and meeting with GOP leaders to pump up his potential candidacy.
Once he’s in, a couple of key questions remain. First, does billionaire Donald Trump, who has been flirting with a possible GOP run himself, officially bow out of contention? Trump has said he would run only if Republicans give him a clear field without any primary challengers, a request dismissed by some party leaders.
Secondly, does Carl Paladino start a real move to try to run for governor just on the Conservative Party line? He has threatened to disrupt the GOP if it does not nominate what he considers a true conservative with a chance against Cuomo. Paladino, a Buffalo businessman who lost badly to Cuomo four years ago, has praised Astorino, but criticized him for not denouncing what Paladino considers left-leaning leadership by Republicans in the state Legislature.
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