Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb didn’t give too many hints about his decision to drop out of the gubernatorial race. Just hours before his announcement Friday afternoon, Kolb spoke with Ted Baker on the Finger Lakes Morning News, and it sounded like he had a pretty full schedule:
Kolb did say he wanted to avoid a GOP primary at all costs:
Kolb, the 1st announced GOP candidate, cited family concerns in leaving the race. His decision leaves only State Senator John DeFrancisco and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra on the Republican side. Former Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner says she’s mulling a Democratic primary run against incumbent Andrew Cuomo.
Assembly Leader Brian Kolb has withdrawn from the race for Governor. Kolb released the following statement Friday afternoon:
It is with a heavy heart that today I am announcing I am ending my campaign for Governor of New York.
As I left my home before dawn this morning, saying goodbye to my incredible wife, I knew that I’d be spending the next week, the week after, and every week for at least the next nine months on the road, away from my loving family. That moment helped put what is truly important in life back into perspective.
The last few months have been an incredible journey, and I am very grateful to so many friends, volunteers, activists, business and community leaders, and donors for their support. It has been humbling to have the support of so many Republican County Chairs and State Committee people from all across our state.
I will continue to serve the people of New York as Assembly Leader and look forward to continuing to fight for lower taxes, good jobs for New York families, and an end to the corruption in the Cuomo administration.”
Kolb announced just about two months ago that he would seek the Republican nomination.
Sen. John DeFrancisco and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra are the remaining Republicans in the race.