FILE - In a Monday, May 14, 2012 file photo, "Celebrity Apprentice" host Donald Trump arrives for the NBC network upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall,in New York. The series, which on Monday starts shooting this new season for a March 2013 premiere, announced its slate of 14 contenders Friday morning, Oct. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
Paladino: Optimstic Trump Will Run
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Carl Paladino and Donald Trump earlier this month in New York City, and following that meeting Paladino believes the real estate tycoon and reality TV show host will make a decision and run for governor soon.
"Considering my conversation with him and others, I feel he is close to making his decision, and his decision will be a positive one," says Paladino, who ran against Governor Cuomo in 2010.
Paladino says he got to see Donald Trump the person, not just Donald Trump the TV personality. "He's very much a family man, very concerned about the people of the state, recognizes a person with his name recognition and intestinal fortitude can do something about it and is obligated to consider running for the office of governor," says Paladino. "It's a matter for people with success in life, you come to a recognition you can do things others can't do, he was very plain about that."
Paladino believes Friday's event at Salvatore's will help Trump seal a decision to campaign. "It's probably going to be one of the biggest rallies we've ever had with 600 people showing up," notes Paladino. "I think he recognizes that and this is a stepping stone in confirming what we all hope he will do."