By Tom Precious
ALBANY - The state Republican Party’s chairman is not biting on a report today that some Republicans are hoping to convince Donald Trump to run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year.
The New York Post said Rochester area Assemblyman Bill Nojay is circulating a memo among fellow Republicans outlining why Trump, who could self-finance a statewide campaign, is the best hope of the GOP beating Cuomo next year.
Trump at first said he was “very flattered’’ by the idea but did not signal interest in running, though he did not rule it out. The Post said Trump then reached back out again to the author of the column, Fred Dicker, to criticize Cuomo and his policies, including New York’s high level of taxes and for failing to take a stand on the issue of natural gas fracking.
This morning, State GOP Chairman Ed Cox said the party is “totally immersed’’ in this year’s local elections. “Immediately after November 5, we will focus on the issues, the politics and the people who will be essential to our 2014 statewide election effort,’’ Cox said in a written statement.
“We have strong candidates interested in statewide offices, including the governorship. We appreciate input from party leaders and elected officials, including Assemblyman Nojay, but I have not had an opportunity to discuss his memo with him or anyone else,’’ Cox added.
On FOX News Channel's Fox & Friends, Trump this morning offered some mixed signals. "Well, I think my initial reaction is I haven't even thought about it. I mean, it's a first. It would be very interesting. I mean, New York has some very serious problems. We have taxes that are through the roof. We have energy sitting under our ground that we're not getting. We have a lot of problems, but it's not something that's of great interest to me.''