Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — "You can't have people going in, knocking the hell out of each other in a primary, spending millions of dollars and then someone comes out wounded and limping," Trump said.
Another potential GOP candidate has been heralded by many of the top Republican brass. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has not announced his candidacy, but reportedly said he is "leaning towards it." He has been traveling the state to meet with potential supporters.
So what would a Governor Donald Trump do? In his speech, he said he'd repeal gun laws, approve hydrofracking for natural gas and amend several business tax policies promoted by his would-be opponent Cuomo.
Those issues played well to the crowd and to many outside, as well. About a dozen SAFE Act protesters walked outside the restaurant, in the parking lot, with signs calling for the gun law's repeal.
So will Trump run?
“I think that’s up to Mr. Trump to decide," Robinson said. “If we give him a positive outlook, this is something he might go forward with.”
“I’m very excited to have him here," U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, said. "He would make a great governor and we’ll have to see later if he announces.”
Also at the event Friday were former Niagara County Republican chairmen Henry Wojtaszek and Mike Norris and current chairman Scott Kiedrowski.