A Republican New York State Assemblyman is reportedly pushing for his party to recruit Donald Trump to run for governor in 2014. And the effort to recruit the prominent birther apparently has the backing of the state’s GOP chairman.
The New York Post reported Monday that Assemblyman Bill Nojay, an upstate New York Republican, has been circulating a three-page memo to party leaders making the case for why Trump is the sole person who could win back the governorship from incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). “There is only one prospective candidate who could run on the GOP line and win against Cuomo in 2014 — Donald Trump,” the memo claims. Nojay argues further that “Trump is not considered a Republican — he is his own brand, an almost iconic figure of Rockefellerian proportions.”
In recent years, Trump, whose companies have filed for bankruptcy protection four times, has gone from reality show host to Romney surrogate and birther-in-chief. In his frequent appearances on Fox News and elsewhere, Trump has repeated widely-debunked conspiracy theories. He called for a revolution to overthrow President Obama after he was re-elected by a four point margin, making the bizarre claim that Obama “lost the popular vote by a lot.”
The desperate move is all the stranger given Trump’s own record of contributing to prominent New York Democrats, along with Republicans. Since 2009 alone, Trump has given $10,000 to the Democratic Committee of New York State and donated to New York Democrats Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, and then-Rep. Kathy Hochul. He even gave $2,000 to the 2010 re-election campaign of then-Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Trump, who has made noise about a possible presidential run in 2016, said on Fox News Monday that although the state has “a lot problems,” being governor is “not something that is of great interest to me.”