DeFrancisco Throws His Hat In The Ring Does The GOP Have A Chance? By Natalie Baldassarre

After months of speculation, New York State Sen. John DeFrancisco announced his campaign for governor Tuesday morning. Surrounded by supporters at a hotel in Syracuse, DeFrancisco promised to bring “fundamental change” to Albany as governor. A Republican upset against Gov. Andrew Cuomo – who is running for his third term – is a long shot, but DeFrancisco, known for being “an irascible straight shooter,” promises to be a “thorn in his side.”

Calling Cuomo a “bully,” DeFrancisco highlighted many reasons why Cuomo is unfit to serve, citing failed development projects that “Cuomo used for political gain” and the Governor’s close personal relationship with Joseph Percoco – a former Cuomo aide on trial for corruption and bribery.

DeFrancisco is not the first Republican to throw his hat into the ring. So far, he will go head-to-head with Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra for the state’s Republican endorsement.

According to a recent NY1-Baruch College poll, Cuomo doesn’t have much to worry about heading into this reelection year:


(Margin of error +/- 3.5%)


With more than $30 million locked and loaded compared to the less than $2 million amassed by DeFrancisco, it seems the deck is already stacked in Cuomo’s favor. Unfortunately, all three GOP candidates are likely underdogs for Cuomo’s seat. A Republican has not won the governorship since George Pataki, whose final term ended in 2006.

According to NYS political operative and former Trump adviser Michael Caputo (who also managed Carl Paladino’s 2010 campaign for governor), “I don’t think state Sen. Jesus H. Christ could win as a Republican in New York State.”


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