Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Governor Trump? Ugh

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Donald Trump may be a wealthy, successful businessman, but Republicans should really think about whether he's the type of mogul they'd want running New York.

Yesterday, the New York Post's Frederic Dicker broke the news that Republican leaders are talking up Trump as a good prospect to challenge Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo next year. At the center of the report is a memo circulated to Republican leaders by Assembly member Bill Nojay. The memo says that Trump's celebrity status and popularity might make him the party's best, if not only chance to defeat Cuomo, reports the Post.

Yes, Trump built a real estate, gambling, and entertainment empire, and he certainly knows how to generate wealth — and media attention. But the way that he's done business isn't exactly compatible with running a state. The companies that hold his Atlantic City casinos have filed for bankruptcy four times since 1991, says a 2011 Forbes report. The article says that Trump has used bankruptcy as a business tool; it's been his go-to means for restructuring or eliminating debt without selling off his holdings.

His bluster, too, wouldn't be good for New York. Remember, Trump bought into the birther conspiracies about President Obama, at one point offering to pay $5 million to a charity of Obama's choice if the president released his college transcripts and passport application. Trump said that he wanted to see where Obama claimed as his place of birth. To be fair, however, he's also questioned Republican Senator Ted Cruz's eligibility to run for the presidency. 

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