Donald Trump continued today to say he’d be the best candidate to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying Rob Astorino wouldn’t be able to attack Cuomo on property taxes because Westchester County has the highest property taxes in the nation.
The Tax Foundation lists Westchester, because of its high property values and high taxes, as number one in the country: $9,945 in median property taxes in 2010.
“My whole thing would be: We have the highest taxes in the country in New York, but he has the highest taxes in New York,” Trump said on WBEN in Buffalo. “So it’s not exactly a good sound bite that he can use.”
Astorino has touted that he hasn’t raised taxes since he took office in 2010 and has been elected twice. But radio show host, Michael Caputo, who is helping to lead the Draft Trump for governor effort, chimed in that Astorino hasn’t cut taxes either.
Yesterday, Astorino said Trump should either enter the race or step aside, saying it is hurting the GOP’s chances against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Caputo told Trump that Astorino is “now taking swings at you.”
But Trump brushed it aside.
“Well, they were not very serious swings, in all fairness to him. I haven’t read anything very astronomical. He has to say something,” Trump responded.
Trump reiterated that he would run for governor if the Republican Party was unified behind him.
“If they united, I would do it and I would win. I’d win the election,” Trump said.
He also knocked Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, R-Fishkill, Dutchess County, who wrote an op-ed in the New York Post in support of Astorino.
Trump said he saved a foundering golf course in Dutchess County, which is now Trump National Golf Club, Hudson Valley.
“I took this total loser and made it a winner, which is by the way what we have do with the state,” Trump said.
He called Lalor, “the assemblyman who I never heard of, by the way, and nobody else seems to know him.”