Rep. Gibson Won't Run For Governor
New York Congressman Chris Gibson, a Republican from the 19th district who is retiring after this term, his third, announced Monday afternoon he will not run for governor in 2018. Frequently critical of corruption in state government and Gov. Andrew Cuomo in particular, Gibson had expressed interest in the office over the past several months, setting up an exploratory committee. But Gibson says in a statement he will return to academia instead:
“Over the past 35 years, I’ve had the great honor and privilege of serving our country - first, for 29 years in the military and now six in Congress. In recent months, my family and I have had the opportunity to travel New York State, meeting new friends in 48 counties. I appreciate greatly the warm welcomes and support I have received, and the time so many have dedicated to our mission to change the state. For that, I can only say thank you.
“The last year has also brought into greater clarity what our next steps should be as a family. Mary Jo and I have three teenagers who are in their last years at home. In addition, I was just offered and accepted a position with Williams College as a Visiting Lecturer on Leadership beginning in February 2017, and anticipate accepting other academic positions shortly. Ultimately, for our family, the opportunity to spend increased time together balanced with a return to academia was one we could not pass up.
“Therefore, I will not be running for Governor in 2018. At the conclusion of my term in the U.S. House of Representatives, I will be leaving politics and starting this new direction with my family. In the near-term, I will be closing my exploratory committee. For our donors to that committee, we’ll be refunding contributions we’ve received.
"I will be working hard to finish strong and transition well to whomever voters choose as the next Representative for the 19th District. I truly believe that this is an exceptional country and our best days are still in front of us.
“Thank you for the opportunity to serve.”
Other possible Republican candidates could include Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and 2010 nominee Carl Paladino.