The Answer Is: Chris Collins Won’t Run for Governor
by Geoff Kelly - posted 3:28 pm, January 22, 2010
Prediction: Reviewing recent poll numbers that show his Republican rival Rick Lazio gaining on Andrew Cuomo and beating David Paterson, Erie County Executive Chris Collins will begin to suspect that the advice of his political consultant, Michael J. Hook, that he should run for governor is motivated more by greed than by polls.
Collins, having spent close to a million bucks with Hook’s firm so far, is already a gravy train; a run for governor would be like a gravy train with a side of bonanza.
His candidacy’s failure to gain traction downstate will seal the county executive’s sense that he’s being fleeced, and seal the deal: The ambitious Collins is stuck in the Rath Building.