Monroe County GOP chairman Bill Reilich said today that he would support Donald Trump if he runs for governor, saying some county chairmen are ready to coalesce around the celebrity billionaire — either in a letter or in another meeting with him.
Reilich said he would ideally like to see Trump run for governor and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino as his running mate. Astorino is weighing a run for governor, as is Trump. Astorino has said he wouldn’t want to be Trump’s lieutenant governor candidate.
“I think we’ve got two good candidates – each bring different elements to the campaign — and I would like to ideally see Rob Astorino’s government experience with Donald Trunp’s business experience come together. I think that would be a very, very strong ticket,” Reilich told Gannett’s Albany Bureau.
Reilich, the supervisor of Greece, said he would support Trump if he runs for governor, and “certainly the (GOP chairmen) that I talked to in this region” feel the same way.
But Reilich said there is a balancing act to this. GOP leaders may not want to throw their support behind Trump if he delays a decision.
Trump has said he wouldn’t want any other GOP challengers if he runs for governor.
Reilich said county leaders have discussed writing Trump a letter to express their potential support or having another meeting with him. GOP leaders have already had two.
“So it’s a balancing act between Donald Trump feeling comfortable that he has the support of the chairs and not going on too long where he starts losing that support,” Reilich said.
But Reilich said that while Trump would be his first choice, he’d also be pleased with Astorino as the candidate.
“I think we’d be well served by either one of them being our gubernatorial candidate,” he said.