State GOP chairman Ed Cox said today that Westchester County Robert Astorino is taking all the steps necessary to run for governor — and even told Republican members of Congress he is running.
“I was not there at the meeting, but that’s what I’ve been told he said at the meeting. But I was not there,” Cox said this morning. Cox told the Buffalo News at an editorial board meeting yesterday about Astorino’s talk with New York congressional leaders.
Cox would only say that Astorino is “very, very seriously considering it.”
Cox said Astorino probably wouldn’t make a formal announcement until late February or early March on whether he’ll challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“He is going through all the things you need to do in order to run for governor,” Cox said.
Cox has been Astorino’s primary backer, saying today that, “I sure hope he’s going to run.”
Yet he added, “Nothing’s final until you formally announce.”
Astorino has taken a variety of steps to indicate he’s seriously considering a run, if not already decided to do so.
He’s visited the Somos El Futuro conference in Puerto Rico days after his re-election to a second term in November, then went to the Republican Governors Association conference in Arizona where he huddled with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Since then, Astorino has traveled to Buffalo and has fundraisers planned in Westchester, Long Island and Albany.