Celebrity billionaire Donald Trump reiterated today that he would run for governor if no one else does — and that means you Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
Trump said on Fred Dicker’s radio show that he wants the decks cleared for him if he’s going to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November. Astorino has indicated he is leaning toward running and has the backing of state GOP chairman Ed Cox.
“I wouldn’t do it unless you had unity in the party and if Astorino or anybody else who can’t win wants to run, I wish them a lot of luck,” Trump said. “But unless there is unity in the party, total unity in the party, it can’t be won. If there is unity and if I was the candidate, it could be won.”
Trump has met several times with some GOP lawmakers and leaders, who want him to run — saying his name recognition and money would give them a formidable top of the ticket.
Astorino has said he’s going through his own deliberations, and will decide by the end of February.
Trump said he likes Cox and Astorino but they can’t win.
“I’m in no rush,” Trump continued. “I will make my decision, and my decision would be made if nobody else ran and if you could have unity, I would run. But I have to find out if there is going to be unity.”
Trump is headed to Buffalo on Friday for a local GOP fundraiser.