Niagara Gazette

Elections

January 29, 2014

Trump considers run for governor, will be in town Friday

Niagara Gazette — NEW YORK — Donald Trump, the nation's most shameless political flirt, is at it again.

This time, the billionaire real estate mogul, reality TV star and perennial self-promoter is toying with the idea of challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying the state's high taxes and tight gun-control laws make the Democratic incumbent vulnerable.

He's even coming to town later this week.

Trump is coming to Buffalo this Friday for the Erie County Republican Party’s Lincoln Leadership Awards Reception at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Depew.

It's unclear if he'll announce his candidacy — or even address the issue on Friday.

Trump has met with Republican leaders and has pledged to spend tens of millions of dollars on a potential campaign, though those are the same kind of motions he's made once before for governor and several times for president over the years without ever actually jumping in.

For now, he's in no hurry to make up his mind.

"I've got time," he told The Associated Press in an interview this week. "I believe — and many people believe — I'm the only Republican who can win. I think I would win easily."

Trump, who Forbes estimates is worth $3.5 billion, has vowed that he'll only run if the state's Republican Party rallies behind him and he faces no challengers for the nomination.

"I've said it very clearly: If the Republican Party can unify and get their act together, I would spend the money and run," Trump said.

His rumored entry, however, has been met with some skepticism.

Trump briefly discussed running for governor once before, in 2006, and talked about White House bids in 2000, 2004 and 2008 before pulling the plug every time. He made his most substantial move yet toward running for president in 2012, giving speeches to a number of Republican groups and loudly questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

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