DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) – Real estate tycoon Donald Trump will be in western New York this month. The billionaire businessman will attend an Erie County Republican Committee event at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.
Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy confirms Trump will attend the Lincoln Leadership Reception on January 31st, at the Depew restaurant.
“He’s an international celebrity,” Langworthy said. “There’s no one that doesn’t know the name Donald Trump.”
There is speculation that Trump will run for governor of New York this November. In fact, the mogul is being courted by some political heavy hitters who met with him last week in New York City to discuss the possibility of him being the Republican candidate to challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo in the fall.
The meeting was held in Trump’s office, and Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy was positioned right next to the billionaire, and next to him was Assemblyman Dave DiPietro.
Langworthy said the feeling now is he could be a legitimate challenge to Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo.
He explained, “I think we have a lot of gimmicks and sound bites and press conferences out of this governor but we don’t rally have any new results, New York is still the least business friendly state in the union that has to change.”
Trump isn’t the only one hoping to take on Governor Cuomo. Republican Westchester County Executive Bob Astorino is also considering a campaign.
But that’s a race Trump doesn’t seem interested in joining. Langworthy said most members of the GOP would want to avoid a primary.
“We shouldn’t waste the time on a primary and come together behind a single candidate. I think that if he should get into the race and the party reunite around him, he’d be an excellent governor,” he said.
Carl Paladino, the businessman who ran unsuccessfully against Cuomo in the last election, told News 4 he plans on supporting Trump. However, that could change depending on Trump’s stance on the SAFE Act.
For more information on Trump’s visit, head to the Erie County Republican Committee website.