A state assemblyman from Rochester has fired off a memo to leaders of the state's Republican Party, saying when it comes to a candidate for governor in 2014, it's time to think outside the box. YNN's Bill Carey says the lawmaker's proposal is to seek out star power next year.
NEW YORK STATE -- State Assemblyman Bill Nojay says Albany needs a new look.
Nojay says the party should seriously think about turning to billionaire Donald Trump as a candidate for Governor in 2014. Trump flirted with a run for President in 2012, grabbing headlines by demanding President Obama release his birth certificate to prove his citizenship, something Obama eventually did, with a dig at Trump.
"He can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter. Did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?" Obama said.
But talk of Trump as a gubernatorial contender has stirred less than overwhelming reaction. State GOP Chair Ed Cox says he wasn't aware of the proposal by Assemblyman Nojay. At least one county chairman isn't so sure it's the best step to take.
"I like the idea of putting in a very successful business person as our candidate. Somebody who could put some of their own resources into the race. My fear with Donald Trump is, he's just doing it to stroke his ego to make this TV show go higher," said Onondaga County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey.
The co-chair of the state's Democratic Party says it's all proof of Governor Andrew Cuomo's popularity headed into 2014.
"I think you see the fact that there are no republicans, no traditional republicans, willing to step up and run against him. They've now been reduced to chasing celebrity candidates. I think it shows the strength of the Governor," said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
Some republicans now fear they may be facing a situation similar to 1990, when another Governor Cuomo was seeking re-election.
Back then, republicans backed Pierre Rinfret for Governor to run against Mario Cuomo. As Rinfret's campaign melted down, voters gravitated toward conservative Herb London. The result, republicans nearly came in third, which would cost them the second line on state ballots.
In 2014, Carl Paladino is already talking about a conservative party candidacy. A less than stellar GOP candidate could rank third in vote totals.
For now, Trump isn't taking a firm stand on any race.
"Well, I think my initial reaction is, I really haven't thought about it. It's a first. It would be very interesting," he said.
But the Donald says he doesn't think it's something he'd be interested in. Then again, he's changed course before.