Donald Trump won’t be attending an Albany fundraiser for the state Republican Party after all.
Trump, the billionaire real-estate developer and “Apprentice” host who is weighing a run for governor, had agreed to attend the GOP’s “Rising Star” fundraiser at the Fort Orange Club near the state Capitol a week from today.
But upon learning the event is feting Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino—another potential gubernatorial candidate—Trump decided otherwise, according to Michael Caputo, a political consultant who has been organizing support for Trump.
“When Mr. Trump realized this afternoon that this event was a long-planned salute to Mr. Astorino, he demurred,” Caputo said in a statement. “He feels it is inappropriate for him to attend and disrupt an evening devoted to Mr. Astorino – in his perspective, that’s not a classy move. Instead, he is looking at other GOP events upstate.”
Trump donated to Astorino’s re-election campaign last year, but has said he doesn’t believe Astorino will be able to raise the type of money needed to effectively challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat with nearly $30 million in his campaign coffers.