Donald Trump said he’s in no hurry to decide whether he’ll run for governor, saying his deliberations could go on until the state Republican convention in May.
The celebrity billionaire said today that he could wait until the party’s convention to announce his intentions, saying he could simply win the nomination because of the support he has in the party. He claimed he has much as 75 percent to 80 percent of the weighted vote to win the nomination.
Still, Trump again said he would want the decks cleared for him to run. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, by all indications, is preparing for a run.
“I don’t want to go through a primary and run against somebody who can’t win and waste a lot time, energy and money,” Trump said on “Live from the State Capitol with Fred Dicker,” an Albany radio show.
Asked why he doesn’t simply announce his candidacy, which may in fact clear his path for the nomination, Trump demurred.
“I think there’s a very good chance that would happen, but I don’t want to do that,” Trump said. “If the Republican Party unifies, I’ll do it. But if it’s not unified I’m not going to do it.”
Astorino said he will make his decision likely by the end of the month—and independent of what Trump does.