Molinaro reconsiders run for governor
Mar 02, 2018 4:02 pm
Jimmy Vielfind reports in Politico New York that Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has reconsidered his decision to not run for governor in New York. Earlier this winter Molinaro, a Republican, said he wouldn’t run. But March 2 he told party leaders during a private speech in Saratoga that he would. Former local Congressperson Chris Gibson is on the Molinaro bandwagon. “I think he’ll be a very strong candidate should he run,” Gibson told Fred Dicker on Talk 1300 radio this week. Molinaro responded to that endorsement saying, ”Many have asked me to reconsider and I am doing that. There are only so many opportunities to speak for those too often overlooked, fight for those too often ignored and speak out against those who think public office is about them – we deserve to something to believe in.... I don’t know whether to thank Chris or not... but I won’t argue with him.” Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco from Syracuse, Buffalo’s Joel Giambra and Joseph Holland, who was housing commissioner under former Gov. George Pataki, are currently seeking the Republican nomination to face Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November. Molinaro won a straw poll of 83 county chairs and state committee members this week with 55 votes, compared to five for Holland, and 23 for DeFrancisco. Read the full story in Politico New York.