Billionaire real estate developer and reality television star Donald Trump has made his decision: He's not running for governor.
"While I won't be running for Governor of New York State, a race I would have won, I have much bigger plans in mind - stay tuned, will happen!" Trump tweeted.
It was the final of three tweets Trump sent out Friday about New York politics and the governor's race in which he labeled New York Republican Party leadership as "totally dysfunctional." He also repeated his claim that if the Republican field was cleared for him, he would run and beat incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November.
"I have clearly stated that if the New York State Republican Party is able to unify, I would run for Governor and win," Trump tweeted." "They can't unify - SAD!"
Here's Trump's tweets, including the message announcing he's not running for governor:
I have clearly stated that if the New York State Republican Party is able to unify, I would run for Governor and win. They can't unify -SAD!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2014
The top leadership of the New York State Republican Party is totally dysfunctional - they haven't won a major election in many years.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2014
While I won't be running for Governor of New York State, a race I would have won, I have much bigger plans in mind- stay tuned, will happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2014
Michael Cohen, a Trump aide, posted this tweet shortly after Trump's announcement.
@realDonaldTrump a loss for the people of the State of New York...whether you are a Republican or a Democrat.— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) March 14, 2014
Trump's decision comes three days after he visited central New York to headline an Onondaga County Republican Committee fundraiser in DeWitt.
At the event, Trump spoke for more than 30 minutes and railed against the state's high taxes and the NY SAFE Act, a gun control law approved by the state Legislature and signed by Cuomo in Jan. 2013. He also criticized Cuomo for not making a decision on whether to allow natural gas drilling in the Southern Tier.
Trump said Tuesday that he would making a decision "shortly" on whether to run for governor. On Thursday, a Capital New York story said Trump would wait until after he filmed "Celebrity Apprentice" to make a decision on the governor's race.
But by Friday afternoon, he had already made up his mind.
The idea of a Trump gubernatorial bid was appealing to some prominent Republican chairs, including Onondaga County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey.
Dadey, in an interview last month, said Trump has "star power" and would "drive Cuomo nuts." But Dadey acknowledged that Trump, if he decided to enter the race, wanted the party to be unified.
With Trump deciding not to run, that leaves Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino as the only Republican in the race for governor.
Astorino declared his candidacy March 5 and embarked on a two-day upstate tour, which included a stop in Syracuse. When Astorino was asked why he would make a better candidate than Trump for the Republican Party, he touted his ability to win in areas where there is a strong Democratic enrollment advantage.
While Trump won't be a candidate for governor, it won't be the last time we hear about "The Donald" considering a run for elected office.
Trump has said he's considering a presidential bid in 2016. He also was mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2012, but like the 2014 governor's race in New York, he decided not to run.