About 40 county GOP chairmen and leaders in New York are meeting with Donald Trump tomorrow in Manhattan to continue their pitch that he run for governor.
The Republicans leaders in the room represent at least 52 percent of the weighted vote of the state GOP committee, said Assemblyman Bill Nojay, R-Pittsford, Monroe County, who is organizing the meeting.
It will be the second meeting between party leaders and Trump as they encourage him to run against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Nojay has argued that Trump would be the best choice to run against Cuomo, citing his name recognition, record and deep pockets. Now they are trying to show Trump that grassroots support is building for his candidacy, Nojay said.
“I think two things have been happening in parallel. Trump has been doing his homework and due diligence on what a race like this would be like,” Nojay said. “The other thing that’s happened is that there has been this groundswell out of the rank-and-file Republicans.”
Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino is also considering a gubernatorial run, and he has the backing of state GOP chairman Ed Cox.
Nojay said he expects a roundtable discussion with Trump about the prospects of his candidacy.