Trump Has 'Much Bigger Plans,' Scraps NY Gov. Run

Friday, 14 Mar 2014 09:31 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Billionaire Donald Trump said Friday he won't run for governor of New York, lashing out at a "dysfunctional" state GOP leadership that "hasn't won a major election in many years.

In a series of tweets, the "Apprentice" creator and real estate mogul hinted, however, he still had big plans.

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“While I won't be running for Governor of New York State, a race I would have won, I have much bigger plans in mind — stay tuned, will happen!” Trump declared.
Trump has maintained for weeks he'd launch a gubernatorial race to run against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo — but only if he felt the GOP leadership was behind him.

“I have clearly stated that if the New York State Republican Party is able to unify, I would run for Governor and win. They can't unify — SAD!” he posted on his Twitter account.



“The top leadership of the New York State Republican Party is totally dysfunctional — they haven’t won a major election in many years," he said in another tweet.



Last month, Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long told the New York Post it didn't appear Trump was serious about his gubernatorial run, and that he'd back Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

On Friday, an Astorino campaign spokeswoman said, "We're grateful for his past support and look forward to following his future endeavors."

In a Quinnipiac poll last month, voters favored Cuomo over Astorino by 63 percent to 28 percent.

Trump has long had his eye on the White House, with talk about runs in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but no formal campaigns were launched.

Amid his Twitter messages about his decision not to run for governor, Trump thanked a follower for tweeting that he should run for president instead.



In 2012, he also moved toward a bid, with speeches to GOP groups — and questioned whether President Obama was born in the United States.

Then in January, he declared he may seek the Republican presidential nomination for 2016 in hope of undoing President Obama's legacy.

"It is something I would certainly look at," Trump told Newsmax on Jan. 21. "You know why? I'm unhappy with the way things are going in America."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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