Five names were recently floated as potential candidates to challenge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 election. Four of the five are in the Hudson Valley.
Ed Cox is chairman of the New York State Republican Party.
One is Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
He refers to running for county executive. And the federal agency he says he is battling is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, over aspects of an affordable housing agreement. As to whether he is ruling out a run for governor, Astorino replies:
Astorino is one of three county executives on the list. Another is Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, a former state Assemblyman. Again, here’s Cox.
Calls to Molinaro’s office were not returned in time for this broadcast. Chautauqua County Executive Gregory Edwards is also mentioned.
Edwards was on the 2010 ballot with gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino, who lost to Andrew Cuomo. And here’s Edwards on whether he will consider a run.
Ed Cox says turning to county executives as potential candidates is a logical choice.
Rounding out the list is Westchester resident Harry Wilson, who ran for state comptroller in 2010. Cox says in addition to those mentioned, there is interest in and from a businessman who could self-fund his campaign, but who, at the moment, Cox is not prepared to name. And he points out that garnering a list of potential candidates is at the beginning stages. In fact, one of the five initially mentioned has removed his name from potential contenders. Congressman Chris Gibson, who represents the 19th Congressional District, told the Albany Times Union he would not be a candidate for governor.
Calls to officials at the state’s Democratic Committee were not returned in time for this broadcast.