wants the public to know that he is serious about running for governor of New York as a Republican, reports the New York Daily News. Trump is running an exploratory campaign, although he has not filed any paperwork indicating such.
But Trump is serious.
Under the right conditions.
Trump said a couple of weeks ago that he is at least "$30 million to $50 million serious." His possible opponent if he runs, which he is not, would be Democratic incumbent Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo who has $33 million cash on hand in his campaign fund.
Never to be outdone, Trump can do better than Cuomo. "I can put up $200 million if I want," Trump said in a telephone a couple of weeks ago in an interview with The Buffalo News from Las Vegas.
Trump has established the conditions under which he would make the run. He doesn't want any competition, especially Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino who has strongly indicated he is running for the office as a Republican.
According to the New York Daily News report, Trump told an Albany radio station this morning, said he is "ready, willing and able" to make the run, but not if Astorino runs for the office.
The reason he gave for not wanting a competitor was that "I really want unity."
Trump added, "I want to go in there right from the beginning and I want to go in swinging right from the beginning. I don’t want to be knocking Rob or knocking anybody else to win a primary."
"I wouldn’t waste my time. I wouldn’t do it and you’d make a lot of people very unhappy," said Trump.
Were it not for Astorino, Trump suggested, he would already be running. He is blaming New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox for not removing Astorino from the race. Trump has had a running feud with Cox, a natural occurance for Trump.
Trump wants Cox to make a move. Cox says go throught the "process." Trump doesn't do "process."
"That’s what I am waiting for," Trump said. "Let see if they learn how to win."
If Trump doesn't run, and of course he will not, he can blame Cox.
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