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Astorino: other states are laughing at us
East Rochester, N.Y. --In his first trip to Monroe County as a candidate for governor, Republican Rob Astorino covered a plethora of topics from the economy to education to the NY SAFE Act.
Well bring back the sanity to this state, said Astorino (R). Well bring back the basics to the state, dont spend more than you have, lets reduce taxes so businesses can come back to New York, expand in New York, stay in New York and families can stay here and not have to leave to go down to wherever.
Astorinos message was closely aligned with the video he released earlier in the week which announced his candidacy for governor. The news conference was delivered from Beikirchs, a gun and ammunition company in East Rochester.
With Astorino's help, we can take back our state, said Hans Farnung, CEO and President of Beikirchs Corporation Inc. Farnung described the need to expand his business in Pennsylvania, because the New York SAFE Act, championed by Cuomo, made most of the companys inventory illegal in New York.
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks spoke in support of Astorino. Monroe County GOP Chairman Bill Reilich was not present for the news conference. A message left at Reilichs office was not returned.
13WHAM News asked Astorino if he was concerned with getting full support of the states GOP when other potential candidates, such as businessman Donald Trump, have expressed interest in a gubernatorial run.
Right now, I would say most of the county chairs are already on board or will be within the next week. You'll hear about that real shortly, Astorino explained. The Conservative Party chairman has already endorsed me.
I think very shortly you are going to see the entire state, Republicans and Conservatives coalesce quickly because the last thing we want is to not be united and to let someone like Andrew Cuomo walk through the door in November, Astorino said.
A spokesman for Trump said the following about Astorinos trip to Monroe County.
Rob Astorinos visit to Rochester is no different than his announcement, which will do little to curb the vast movement by the majority of GOP leaders who remain committed to a Donald Trump candidacy, said Michael Cohen, Executive Vice President and Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump.
Their belief is that only Donald Trump has the ability to defeat Andrew Cuomo in the governors race. Rob Astorinos problems are three-fold. Number one, no name recognition, number two, no money, number three, no support from the GOP leadership; a trifecta for a losing candidate, Cohen said.
Cuomos statewide job approval rating has fallen ten percent since fall, according to a recent NBC 4 Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll.
"We look forward to an entertaining Republican primary process and are ready to run against whoever their nominee is in September, said Peter Kauffmann, spokesman for the New York State Democratic Committee.
In a radio interview Thursday on WCNY, host Susan Arbetter asked Cuomo about Astorinos candidacy.
First I was running against Rick Lazio, then I was running against Steve Levy, then I was running against Carl Paladino, said Cuomo. So, I learned. Let them figure out who the Republican candidate is, maybe its Mr. Donald Trump who I heard is, he says, hes running. Maybe Its Carl Paladino, again, that would be a redux race, CuomoPaladino two, in a series. Maybe its Mr. Astorino, well see who the Republican candidate ends up being.