With Rob Astorino soon expected to announce his political intentions, several prominent Republican county leaders said Sunday they fully expect the Westchester County executive to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
On Sunday, a handful of GOP leaders said they anticipate Astorino will officially become a candidate within days.
“I think it’s all going to start to roll out this week, and we’re excited about this,” said Doug Colety, the Westchester County GOP chairman. “We definitely think we can win this.”
Astorino has traveled the state since he was re-elected in November and has met with several county-level party leaders in recent days.
He attended a Broome County Republican Party fundraiser on Friday, lunched with Rockland County GOP Chairman Vincent Reda on Thursday and was scheduled to meet with Colety on Sunday.
All three county chairs said they believe Astorino will jump in the race.
“He gave a strong indication that he will be announcing his intentions to run for governor this week,” Reda said.
Broome GOP Chairman Bijoy Datta said he spoke with Astorino at the fundraiser Friday, where Astorino delivered the keynote address at a Binghamton hotel.
“I certainly hope he’s going to run,” Datta said. “But honestly, I think he’s going to run. Listening to his speech in front of our 400 people on Friday, he sounded like a candidate.”
When asked whether Astorino told him privately if he was going to run, Datta declined comment.
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