Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - State Assemblyman David DiPietro says that if Donald Trump ran for Governor, the battle between him and Governor Andrew Cuomo would be massive, and that Trump may be the only one who can beat the incumbent.
"I've been in breakfast twice with the Governor, I've talked with him personally, and I've been with Mr. Trump," DiPietro said. "I can tell you right now, they're exact polar opposites."
DiPietro was among a group of 48 Republicans who met with Trump earlier this month. Part of the reason DiPietro and others are so high on Trump is the instant name recognition he brings, making him the man many Republicans point to as the one who can de-throne Cuomo. "If (Potential GOP nominee) Rob Astorino comes to East Aurora, to the Roycroft for dinner, and he announced that a week ahead of time, no one else would be there except the people having dinner. If you say Donald Trump, next Monday, is going to be in East Aurora, you'll have 1,000 people waiting outside to see him."
DiPietro also says that Trump's popularity in New York City makes him an attractive candidate.
Money won't be an issue either. Cuomo has over $30 million in campaign funds, a number that would scare off many potential challengers, but not Trump. "He (Trump) goes, '$30 million? This building's worth $850 million. I'll put $100 million down in a heartbeat'" DiPietro said about a conversation from last month's meeting.
"This is going to be fun, because when they start going at it, when the fur starts flying between the two of them, the State of New York is going to be ground zero in the country because they're going to want to see this battle. It's going to be epic."