While a handful of Republican lawmakers and operatives continue a quixotic bid to get Donald Trump into the governor’s race, another potential Republican gubernatorial candidate already counts the celebrity billionaire among his donors.
Records from the state Board of Elections show the real estate mogul donated twice to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s successful re-election bid this year. Trump cut a check for $5,000 to the Astorino campaign in October and $10,000 in January, according to the disclosure records.
Several Republicans, including Assemblymen Bill Nojay of Pittsford, Monroe County, and David DiPietro of East Aurora, Erie County, traveled to Manhattan Wednesday to pitch Trump on the idea of challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014, though Trump had previously ruled it out.
According to those at the meeting, Trump spoke highly of Astorino, who has been repeatedly touted by New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox as a potential 2014 candidate. Astorino has said he will make a decision early next year.
Cox, meanwhile, appeared on The Phil Reisman Show on LoHud.com Thursday, where he said Trump hadn’t reached out to him about a potential run.
On public radio’s “The Capitol Pressroom,” Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, said Trump’s lengthy track record of political flirtations suggests he won’t run.
“I think he’s announced he’s considering just about every elected office in the country several times,” DeFrancisco said.
(Richard Drew, AP photo)