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Some in GOP hoping Molinaro will challenge Delgado

Sep 02, 2019 1:45 pm
Jon Campbell is reporting for the Poughkeepsie Journal the presence of Marc Molinaro, Dutchess County executive and 2018 gubernatorial candidate, at the Schoharie County Republican Party's annual summer fundraiser Sep. 1, raised eyebrows as some GOP officials are said to be pushing him to challenge U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado in 2020. Molinaro has so far said little about the possibility of a congressional run. "I don't know if he is considering it but I know there are a lot of people in the Republican Party that are hoping that he does," said Schoharie County Republican Chair, and state Assembly member, Chris Tague. "I think he'd make a great candidate, that's for sure." When asked about the possibility of challenging Delgado, Molinaro said, "As flattering as [the interest] may be, I just came off a statewide race. Right now, I am just focused on running for re-election. I really am. ..." So far, three Republicans have declared their intention to run against Delgado: Ola Hawatmeh, Anthony German and Mike Roth. Hawatmeh is a fashion designer and co-founder of the Middle Eastern Women's Coalition, a right-leaning group that endorsed Donald Trump in 2016. German is the retired former adjutant general of the New York National Guard. Roth is campaigning on splitting off upstate New York into a new state. Read the full story in the Poughkeepsie Journal.
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