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NY1 ItCH: Could the State GOP get Trumped?

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When it comes to Donald Trump, political journalists should feel like Charlie Brown when Lucy holds the football for him to kick, only to snatch it away at the last second.

Trump has turned presidential campaigns into quadrennial flirtations, floating a possible run for the White House in every White House election cycle since 2000.

Trump now is turning his attention to something a little smaller – the governor’s mansion.

A group of state Republicans is making the sojourn to Trump Tower today to find out from The Donald how serious he actually is about challenging Andrew Cuomo this November.

The fact that this summit is even happening is a barometer for the level of desperation in the State GOP, which is still searching for statewide candidates on a number of fronts. Never mind that Trump is carrying more political baggage than Diana Ross and was last seen beating the weird Obama birther issue like a broken drum.

State party organizations need money and the possibility of Trump injecting some of his personal fortune into the campaign machine is apparently enough for some Republican activists to trudge to Trump Tower on a rainy morning. That’s why billionaire John Catsimatidis – who is as much of a Republican as Mickey Mouse – got as much support as he did from some in the GOP when he ran for mayor last year.

Money talks but watch Trump walk. While Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is thinking very hard about running for governor, he has no campaign cash in his coffers. All it takes is $30 million and a dream.

Bob Hardt

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