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Molinaro not running for governor; throws his support behind Zeldin

May 26, 2021 6:00 am

Patricia Doxsey is reporting for the Daily Freeman Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro Tue., May 25, announced his support for fellow Republican Lee Zeldin in the race for governor. The announcement ended any speculation that Molinaro would make a second gubernatorial run. "I am not a candidate for governor of the state of New York," Molinaro said during a Zeldin rally at the Rogers Point Boat Club in Hyde Park. "There's a time and a season for everything ... and this is not that time for me," he said. Instead, Molinaro said, he is backing Zeldin, an attorney and four-term congressman from Long Island. "Having lived it, I know that Lee has the energy and the capacity to not only win but to govern," Molinaro said. "The best thing for the state of New York is to support his candidacy." A devoted Trump ally, Zeldin aggressively defended Trump during his first impeachment hearing and was among the Republican members of Congress to vote against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. Molinaro, 45, has been Dutchess County executive since 2019. He ran against incumbent Andrew Cuomo in 2018, receiving 2.2 million votes. Cuomo received 3.6 million votes in that election. In recent months, Molinaro has been rumored to be considering a run for Congress in 2022. If he decides to run, he will likely face Democratic incumbent Antonio Delgado, of Rhinebeck. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.