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January 31, 2014

Trump draws a crowd

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —

Will he or won't he?

Of the 700 people having dinner Friday night with Donald Trump at Salvatore's Italian Gardens in Depew, none knew for sure whether their guest of honor intends to run for governor of New York. Maybe even Trump himself doesn't know.

The business mogul-turned-TV star spoke to a sold-out crowd, the largest that the Erie County Republican annual Lincoln Leadership Reception has ever seen, according to none other than Trump himself. 

The $100-a-plate fundraiser dinner was a veritable who's who of Erie County Republicans with a healthy smattering of Niagara County GOP members added in, including Lockport City GOP Committee Chairman Pete Robinson.

“To be honest with you, I’m really excited to see that he’s taken an interest in this part of New York State," Robinson said before Trump's speech. 

The city chairman said he feels that many politicians of both stripes ignore Western New York, a fact that confounds him since Western New Yorkers can offer so much to political candidates who show them love.

“These people are faithful," Robinson said. "They’re loyal." 

That could be advantageus to Trump, who told an anecdote about camping as a boy in upstate New York and praised the Buffalo area throughout his speech.

“Maybe this is my good luck place — Buffalo,” Trump said to a roar of approval from the crowd.

Trump suggested once again that he's interested in running for governor against Andrew Cuomo. He also said he could win, provided the stars align correctly.

“You have to have people that know how to win," Trump said. "And I know how to win.”

He reiterated that he has no interest in a Republican primary and suggested that he'll only run if he doesn't have to go through that primary process. 

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