Trump for Governor? NY GOP Pushing Idea

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Monday, 14 Oct 2013 09:57 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Donald Trump said Monday he was unaware of a movement within the New York Republican Party to draft him as a candidate for governor next year to run against incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

Appearing on "Fox & Friends," the real estate and entertainment billionaire said a story in The New York Post suggesting some Republicans had started a "draft Trump" movement was news to him, even though he was interviewed for the piece. But he said changes are needed in the state's Democratic-run government.

"New York City has a lot of problems, and New York state has a lot of problems," Trump said, noting that people and businesses are leaving the state for Florida and Texas. "Somebody needs to get in there and cut out a lot of taxes."

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The Post wrote that Trump is the only Republican with enough name recognition and pull to beat Cuomo. In addition, a run for governor could boost Trump's chances if he decides to run for president in 2016, the newspaper suggested.

The effort, the newspaper reported, is backed by New York state GOP Chairman Ed Cox and other party leaders. Trump said on Fox he hasn't thought about running for governor.

In his interview with the Post, the billionaire didn't shy away from taking the opportunity to bash Cuomo and his administration.

"[Cuomo] has the dumbest attorney general [Eric Schneiderman, who has filed a fraud suit against Trump University] in the United States, who is driving business out of New York. And his father, Mario, was one of the worst governors in the history of the state," Trump told the Post about Cuomo. "Otherwise, I like him very much."

A memo is also circulating among GOP state leaders about Trump's candidacy, the Post reported, contending that his celebrity status could produce a victory.

"In many respects, Trump is not considered a Republican — he is his own brand, an almost iconic figure of Rockefellerian proportions," said the memo cited by the Post. "This will benefit him because many people who could never bring themselves to vote for a Republican would vote for Trump as Trump."

In his appearance on Fox, Trump also commented on the government shutdown, which is entering its third week. He called on "very divided" Republicans to unite, saying it would give them a lot more power.

He also poked fun at the ongoing problems with Healthcare.gov., the Obamacare registration website that got off to a rocky start on Oct. 1.

Trump said he would "fire" the team who created the site, which cost an estimated $634 million.

"This is the beginning of Obamacare. Believe me, I don't spend a lot of money on websites ... I'd fire them, and I'd sue them to get the money back," he said.

He said he would also fire Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for the failed Obamacare rollout.

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