Fresh off his formal (completely expected) announcement he will seek the GOP nod to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is again hitting the road.
On Thursday, Astorino will take his campaign announcement tour to the Bronx before traveling across the state to Buffalo, where he’ll appear at an event with Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, Erie County, according to his campaign.
On Friday, he’ll travel across Interstate 90, making stops in Rochester, Syracuse and Albany to continue his tour.
Astorino’s travel has been criticized by county Democrats, who say he has been spending too much time out of the county since winning re-election in November. Astorino has traveled the state since November, attempting to build up support from the GOP and potential campaign donors.
Astorino’s campaign announcement — which came in a 6 1/2 minute that criticized Cuomo and many of his policies — drew a decidedly gentle response from the state Democratic Party spokesman, who issued a brief statement in response.
“We look forward to an entertaining Republican primary process and are ready to to run against whomever their nominee is in September,” said Peter Kauffman, the spokesman.
Astorino is the first Republican to through his hat in the race. Celebrity real-estate developer Donald Trump has also been weighing a run, as has 2010 GOP candidate Carl Paladino, albeit on a third-party line.
(AP photo by Mike Groll)