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Gibson not not running for governor

Two-term Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson wouldn't say whether he is or isn't running for governor in 2014 during a radio interview on WGY this morning.

Gibson's name was floated as a potential Republican contender by state Republican Committee Chairman Ed Cox.

“I certainly appreciate the chairman's confidence in me," said Gibson, who highlighted his 2012 victory over Julian Schreibman as evidence he can win tough races. The district, which was new because of redistricting, broke for President Barack Obama.

His new district, NY-19, includes Schoharie County.

As for Cuomo, Gibson thinks he is vulnerable next year, noting the advertising done by the Committee to Save New York. “This is an extensive [public relations] campaign to boost him," he said of the ads.

Gibson said the governor has failed on mandate relief, education and gun control legislation. “The sum of all this is that he is vulnerable," he said.

He was coy about his own plans, saying he will be supporting the Republican candidate, who will likey be a "strong candidate." Gibson said, “I think we're going to put forward a strong challenge to the governor and I think there is a path to victory.”

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