Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino will attend an Erie County GOP fundraiser next week as he considers whether to run for governor next year.
Astorino told Gannett’s Albany Bureau last month that he’ll make a decision on his plans early next year.
“I think he’d be an excellent candidate for governor. I’ve been urging him to take a real solid look at it,” Langworthy said today. “I think he demonstrated in Westchester his ability to cut across part lines and get support from voters of all affiliations and that’s exactly what we need this year.”
Erie County is the home the previous gubernatorial candidate, businessman Carl Paladino. Paladino, who was easily defeated by Cuomo in 2010, has indicated that he would run for governor on the Conservative Party line if the state GOP doesn’t find a strong candidate.
Langworthy said he’s hopeful that Astorino and Paladino would be able to work together. Capital New York first reported today on Astorino’s trip.
“We’re a long ways out, and I think Rob and Carl should continue to talk and have a conversation,” Langworthy said. “They have a lot more in common than they don’t.”