Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino confirmed today that she was recently approached someone “involved in statewide politics for some time” to gauge her interest in running for lieutenant governor with Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.
“I informed that person that while I’m flattered to have received that inquiry from them,” Jimino told Gannett’s Albany Bureau today, “I love my job, and there’s something very special about being in local government where you work very closely with the people you serve, and it’s a very rewarding job. And I want to stay right here.”
She said she’s ruling it out.
She said she wasn’t sure if the person, whom she didn’t name, was associated with Astorino’s campaign.
Jimino was among the latest potential names that have been rumored to be on Astorino’s shortlist as he picks a running mate in advance of next week’s convention in his home county.
She fits the bills of what Astorino is undoubtedly looking for: an upstate women or a minority candidate to round out his ticket.
The Westchester County executive said today that Michael Battle, a former U.S. attorney in western New York, is out of the running.
Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported March 10 that Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, R-Clarence, Erie County, said she wasn’t interested.
And Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, R-Staten Island, also has said she’s not interested.