Harry Wilson (R), a 2010 comptroller nominee, announced Monday that he will not run for governor in 2018, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
Wilson: “Of course, to be in a position to carry out this agenda, I would have to wage a winning campaign. I recognize that would be hard, both given the state’s voter registration rolls and the current political climate, but I have thought and continue to think there is a path to victory.” (Facebook)
“He made his final decision during ‘quiet family time over the Christmas holidays’ and took several extra days ‘to let it sink in,’ [a] source said. But he is not ruling out a future gubernatorial in four years.” (New York Daily News)
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (R) “said Wilson called him Sunday to tell him he would not run. Molinaro said he expected to make his own decision in the coming days.” (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)
Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas Langworthy “said it’s time for the party to hit a ‘hard re-set’ on the process to find someone to challenge” Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). (New York Daily News)
THE BIG GUY. “Cuomo is expected to have roughly $30 million in his campaign account when he reports to the state Board of Elections later this month.” (Politico)
“The tiny Independence Party endorsed … Cuomo for re-election on [last month] — before even seeing what alternative the Republican Party is offering. Indy Party Chairman Frank MacKay cited Cuomo’s record of accomplishment on infrastructure, criminal justice reform and the tuition assistance for middle income students attending public colleges as reason to back him for a third term.” (New York Post)
“Cuomo is planning to unveil a ‘Democracy Agenda’ to safeguard the integrity of New York elections and require transparency for digital political ads as part of his 2018 State of the State address in January.” (New York Observer)
WORTH WATCHING. “Cuomo isn’t a defendant and he doesn’t expect to be a witness when the first public corruption trial involving a former member of his administration [Joseph Percoco] and some of his biggest contributors begins next month. But from the opening moments, potential jurors are likely to hear Cuomo’s name in a trial that could have political implications for the governor and his 2018 re-election plans.” (Buffalo News)
“Trade unions, which have closely aligned themselves with … Cuomo and other politicians, have secured deals requiring underground construction work to be staffed by as many as four times more laborers than elsewhere in the world.” (New York Times) “Cuomo, during his annual State of the State address on Wednesday, is expected to endorse a congestion plan that would charge motorists to enter Manhattan’s central business district.” (Wall Street Journal)
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Conservative Republican Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, a former CIA agent, says in a New York Times op-ed this morning that Russian intelligence is "manipulating" President Trump. "The leader of the free world actively participated in a Russian disinformation campaign that legitimized Russian denial and weakened the credibility of the United States to both our friends and foes abroad," he writes.
"Two days after President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian officials offered a string of assertions about what the two leaders had achieved. 'Important verbal agreements' were reached at the Helsinki meeting, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told reporters in Moscow Wednesday, including preservation of the New Start and INF agreements," and cooperation in Syria.
"Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election. The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation. Mr. Trump sounded grudgingly convinced, according to several people who attended the intelligence briefing. But ever since, Mr. Trump has tried to cloud the very clear findings that he received on Jan. 6, 2017, which his own intelligence leaders have unanimously endorsed."