Stefanik receives ‘encouragement’ on mounting New York gubernatorial bid: ‘Not ruling anything out’

Senior adviser to Stefanik, R-N.Y., Alex DeGrasse told Fox News on Thursday that the congresswoman is getting supportfrom all corners of the state as she would immediately be the strongest Republican candidate in both a primary and general goewerneur election.

NEW YORK REP. ZELDIN LAUNCHES 2022 GUBERNATORIAL CAMPAIGN AMID CUOMO CONTROVERSIES

She continues to set records as the most prolific New York Republican fundraiser ever in state history consistently earning the strongest performance at the ballot box cycle after cycle on Election Day,” DeGrasse continued. “She appreciates the widespread encouragement and is not ruling anything outnor will she make her decision based on others’ timetables.

DeGrasse added: “Congresswoman Stefanik believes it is a testament to the strength of the Republican Party in New York that there are many other high quality candidates running or considering running.

The comments come after Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., formally announced he will run for governor in 2022 against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Zeldin is the first major Republican to launch a challenge against New York’s embattled three-term Democratic governor, who faces allegations of sexual harassment from 10 female accusers, which has triggered an independent investigation by the state attorney general and an impeachment investigation in the State Assembly. Cuomo’s also facing a federal probe into the state’s handling of COVID deaths at nursing homes amid the coronaviruspandemie.

Zeldin, a staunch ally of former President Trump and a four-term lawmaker who represents the state’s 1st Congressional District in the eastern half of Long Island, made his announcement in a live interview onFox and Friends.

I’m running for governor of New York in 2022,Zeldin said on “jakkals & Vriende.” “We are going to win this race.

Hy het bygevoeg: “I’m all in, we are all in.

ANDREW GIULIANI TELLS FOX NEWS HE’S ‘STRONGLY CONSIDERINGGUBERNATORIAL RUN

Fox News reported earlier this week that Trump allies were quietly rallying their support behind Zeldin, urging him to mount a gubernatorial bid.

Zeldin met with former President Trump at Mar-a-Lago last month.

Zeldin’s formal announcement Thursday came a day after Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City mayor and ex-Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, told Fox News that he’sstrongly consideringrunning for governor.

Giuliani – who served in the Trump administration as a special assistant to the president and as an associate director in the Office of Public Liaison at the White Housesaid that he’s been fielding calls from donors in recent days and weeks, en is “trying to decide whether or not it is the right thing to do.

Giuliani, after Zeldin formally announced on Thursday, told Fox News that he issticking with his timeline,” and would make a decision after April 19, when New York county chairs would be invited to Albany by New York State Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy, sowel as “potential candidatesto give theirpitches.

I’ll make a decision at that point,” Giuliani said. “I am strongly considering it.

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New York doesn’t have gubernatorial limits, and Cuomo announced in May of 2019 that he would run in 2022 for a fourth term steering the state.

While New York is a reliably blue state where Cuomo won reelection to a third term in 2018 by a massive 23-point margin, the governor has politically been severely wounded by dual scandals. Cuomo, who last year initially won national praise from Democrats and the media for his efforts battling the pandemic, is now facing possible impeachment as well as a growing chorus of calls from Republicans as well as Democrats to resign.

Meer as 135 state lawmakers and nearly the entire congressional delegation from New York – including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand – have urged Cuomo to step down.

Cuomo is resisting those calls to resign as he continues to emphasize that people should wait until the results of the attorney general’s investigation before making up their minds and passing judgment. While he has apologized for making some women uncomfortable, he’s denied that he ever inappropriately touched a woman.

The governor and his office have also pushed back on the nursing home deaths cover-up allegations, denying that nursing home fatality data was altered.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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