Over the summer, I speculated that Eric Trump was considering running for Senate in 2018 against Kirsten Gillibrand. While this might still happen, another Trump is receiving the attention about potentially running for office in 2018, and it’s not Ivanka. Donald Trump Jr. has reportedly expressed interest in running for governor of New York.
The idea is not that far fetched. His dad at one point considered running for governor of New York and to use that as a launchpad for the presidency.
Trump seems to want to be able to affect significant changes, with a source at the meeting claiming that “Don Jr. added that he didn’t want to be one of 100 Senators, nor a member of Congress.”
Trump would be running for governor of New York, where Governor Andrew Cuomo will likely be seeking another term in anticipation of a potential 2020 presidential bid. While Donald Trump became the first president to lose his home state in 100 years, his performance in New York was the best of any Republican since George W. Bush in 2004, and he carried several key upstate counties that Republicans have failed to win since George H.W. Bush in 1988. In winning reelection in 2014, Cuomo performed at the worst rate of any Democrat in 12 years, only barely winning a majority, netting 54.2%, a relatively sharp drop off from his 63% margin four years before.
If Trump does enter the race, it will still be an uphill climb, as it would be for any Republican. As of now, there is no indication of his imminent entry, with a Trump source saying that “Don [Jr.] has no intentions of running for political office at this time . . . [He] is totally focused on running the Trump Organization with his brother.”
However, 2016 has showed us that anything is possible.