The next legislative session will be an important one for state lawmakers and the governor, all of whom are up for election in 2014. Governor Andrew Cuomo says he isn't concerned, even as two potential Republicans lay the groundwork for campaigns to take the reins in New York. Capital Tonight's Nick Reisman has more on Donald Trump's potential run for governor.
NEW YORK STATE -- The year may be ending, but the flirtation Donald Trump has with running for governor isn't going away for now. Trump, naturally, is confident he'd win the race if he took on Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo next year.
"Well I think I'd win if I decide to do it because I wouldn't have to raise money and I'd use my own money and I wouldn't have to go through that process, which is a big process," Trump said.
Whether he'll run is still a big if for Trump, the host of a reality TV show. In 2012, he never launched a campaign for president, either, despite garnering a huge chunk of media attention. Still, Trump is meeting yet again with Republicans in the state legislature who want him to take on Cuomo. Republican Party officials have also been talking up Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, but Trump is skeptical Astorino could win.
Trump said, "I don't see anybody. Now maybe there's some miracle candidate out there, and by the way, if there were, that'd be wonderful, but I certainly don't see anybody out there. Rob happens to be a very fine person, by the way."
For his part, Astorino is touring the state to meet with upstate GOP officials and is holding a fundraiser next month. For now, he's sticking to issues he believes Cuomo will be vulnerable on.
"The issue obviously is taxes, but the second part of that is unfunded mandates and the heart of all of our problems is runaway spending in this state," Astorino said.
But Trump isn't leaving the New York political scene. He'll be the keynote speaker at a Manhattan GOP fundraiser on February 12. Meanwhile, at a cabinet meeting last week, the governor said he isn't ready to wade into the Trump for governor conversation.
"Governor, what do you think of running against Donald Trump?" a reporter asked.
"Oh, I don't know, we've got plenty of time for politics. I'm more worried about the State of the State and the budget," Cuomo replied.
Expect to hear that refrain a lot in 2014.