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January 19, 2014

GLYNN: If Trump runs, it's sure to be a short race

Niagara Gazette — Threatening to raise upwards of $200 million to run in this year’s race for governor, Donald Trump will be off to Buffalo late this month, perhaps to announce he intends to challenge Andrew M. Cuomo.

At a glance, that promise of a big Republican spender is a slap at Cuomo, a Democrat, who apparently has only $33 million for his campaign. What price glory!

Meanwhile, the staff at Salvatore’s Restaurant in Depew will have their hands full Jan. 31 trying to reconfigure the main ballroom to accommodate Trump’s massive ego.

It’s shocking to concede that the Empire State has apparently run out of qualified people to serve as the Chief Executive. Basically “The Donald,” as he’s known in the tabloids, feels he is eligible because he’s a real estate baron, a beauty pageant owner, and founder of  the television show “The Apprentice.”

The state GOP is obviously desperate as evidenced by a letter that party chief Ed Cox sent out last week, urging fellow Republicans not to endorse a Democrat governor for re-election. By the way, Cox, son-in-law of Richard Nixon, is the same guy who stated months ago that his party had strong gubernatorial candidates waiting in the wings. 

Ironically, in his letter to Republican leaders across the state, Cox accurately described shortcomings of the present administration on Capitol Hill: “New York remains the most taxed, most regulated, least economically free state in America, with the highest out-migration and the most debt per capita.”

For the record, Cuomo must be recognized for making some headway with his agenda, despite the fractious Legislature and widespread scandals created by lawmakers for whom betraying the public trust is part of their daily routine. 

If Trump makes a formal announcement to enter the race, many Republicans will probably opt for “no comment.” In a way, that makes sense. Why should they dare to speak out when Trump’s campaign won’t even last until the Labor Day parade? 

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