Trump Jr. Decides Against Running for NY Governor... For Now
After a week of speculation, Donald Trump Jr. announced that he will not run for governor of New York in 2018.
Though Trump Jr. never officially sought the governorship, he told a Nassau County, N.Y. gun club last week that if he was to run for office, that would be the one he would seek.
"I am not running in 2018," he told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
However, Trump Jr. said his decision did not mean he would stay out of politics forever:
"Maybe someday. It's not something I'm doing now. But you never know, it's fascinating stuff."
New York State GOP chairman Edward Cox praised Trump Jr. as a "capable individual" and appeared to express confidence that the president's son would be successful, should he seek office in the future.
Two-term Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) all but kicked-off his reelection bid earlier this year at LaGuardia Community College in New York City.
No Republicans have yet announced their candidacy.
Cuomo's 2014 opponent, County Executive Rob Astorino (R-Westchester) is reportedly considering another statewide bid, along with businessman Harry Wilson and County Executive Marc Molinaro (R-Dutchess).
Congressman Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) noted that whichever Republican that runs will have an even more narrow path to victory than the state's last GOP governor, 2016 presidential candidate George Pataki, who defeated Cuomo's father Mario in 1994.