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Paladino still mulling tea party line

   By Robert J. McCarthy

   Buffalo's Carl P. Paladino said Saturday he is undecided as to whether to run for governor this year on a tea party line.
    Paladino, the 2010 Republican candidate who had been urging billionaire Donald J. Trump to challenge Democratic incumbent Andrew M. Cuomo, said he will assess the situation over the next several days. He has previously indicated his willingness to explore such an option in the event Trump decided not to enter the race - exactly what the Manhattan real estate developer and television personality announced late Friday.
   Though he has said he will not seek the GOP nomination again this year, Paladino had also explored running on the Conservative line. But state Conservative Chairman Michael R. Long is committed to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who now appears to be the Republican nominee for this year.
   Paladino would have to hire people to circulate designating petitions to obtain 15,000 signatures in at least half the state's congressional districts to qualify for the ballot.

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