National Republicans ‘Welcome’ Astorino to Campaign

Rob Astorino.

Rob Astorino.

The Republican Governors Association immediately praised Rob Astorino’s entry into the New York gubernatorial race today.

In a statement, Phil Cox, the executive director of the RGA, which aims to elect and re-elect GOP governors across the country, extolled the Mr. Astorino’s candidacy and criticized incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Rob Astorino’s entry into the New York governor’s race gives voters a strong alternative to the tax-and-spend, big government administration Governor Cuomo has imposed upon his state,” said Mr. Cox. “New York needs a governor who will place renewed focus on creating jobs, supporting businesses, cutting taxes, reviving the state’s economy and making the state a great place to raise a family and start a business for all New Yorkers.”

“Governor Cuomo has failed to deliver on those priorities, but Rob Astorino is ready to take action and get meaningful results,” he continued. “The Republican Governors Association welcomes Rob Astorino to the New York governor’s race.”

Mr. Astorino, the current Westchester County executive, met with RGA officials in November while he was still exploring a potential bid. In late January, Mr. Astorino said he would “welcome” the support of embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who heads the RGA but has maintained a lower profile in recent weeks as authorities reportedly investigate his “Bridgegate” scandal.