Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says he is reconsidering a run for New York governor after a “Draft Molinaro” effort emerged earlier in February.
Molinaro had announced in early January that he would not enter the race against Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Republican says he’s now listening to those who are urging him to reconsider.
“I think that we need problem solvers in New York. I think we need people who understand the very dignity of public service,” Molinaro says. “And I think I owe it to my family, to New Yorkers, and to those who apparently are interested in seeing me run to listen to them.”
State Senator John DeFrancisco and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra, both Republicans, are running. Republican state Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb dropped out of the race.