New York City billionaire Donald Trump could be in the running for governor in 2014 after all. YNN's Ryan Whalen reports Trump didn't rule out the possibility during a meeting with several Western New York Republicans, Wednesday.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- You could call it a successful recruiting trip from Western New York.
"A half hour meeting turned into two hours and we gave him something to seriously consider with his family over the holidays," Assemblyman David DiPietro, East Aurora, said.
DiPietro and Assemblyman Bill Nojay, R-Rochester, left Trump Tower, Wednesday, holding on to the hope they can convince Donald Trump to run for Governor.
"Mr. Trump is a leader," DiPietro said. "Mr. Trump is a business person. Mr Trump has created jobs and has the ability to turn this state around job wise."
In a Daily News report Wednesday morning, a spokesperson for Trump downplayed the meeting, pointing out he's denied interest in running several times.
"Well I'm probably not. I can really say I'm really definitely not. I have other things to do," Trump told David Letterman during an October interview.
But his position seems to have softened.
In a statement, after Wednesday's meeting, the same spokesperson said, "We had a very interesting meeting and Mr. Trump has agreed to meet them again at a later date."
Count former Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino among Trump's fans.
"I think he'd make an awesome governor," the Buffalo Developer said.
Paladino who is considering another run, said he'd step aside if Trump was vetted by the entire party and joined in his call for the removal of Republican heads in the State Senate and Assembly.
"I think it makes an impact when he talks and from what I'm understanding he's talking about change, good change, jobs, taxes and I think he would be an inspiration to the movement to take down this liberal progressive government," he said.
DiPietro believes Trump would drastically improve the state's business climate.
"We just had a real frank discussion on what's happening in New York State and I hope he takes us up on it. We just gave him a lot of information to ponder," he said.
YNN reached out to the Governor's Office for comment Wednesday afternoon but have not heard back.