In an announcement that doesn’t come as much of a surprise, Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has announced his candidacy for governor. Here’s his press release, and a video announcement:
White Plains, NY–March 5, 2014….Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino today announced his candidacy for governor of the State of New York in a video message to New Yorkers. The twice-elected county executive emphasized New York’s myriad dead-last rankings among states in categories including high taxes, business friendliness, corruption and population loss. Mr. Astorino, 46, laid out a vision in his video to put New York “back in the winning column.” Today’s announcement will be followed by a campaign tour beginning Thursday with stops across the state.
Here’s that video:
Astorino indicated a few days ago he’d be running; with Donald Trump potentially in the race, it’s not yet clear whether he’d be the only GOP candidate for governor.
Astorino, a former radio executive, has twice won the county executive’s seat in Westchester County on the Republican line, in a region where Democrats now dominate.