Stefanik receives ‘encouragement’ on mounting New York gubernatorial bid: ‘Not ruling anything out’

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EXCLUSIVE: New York GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik is receiving "encouragement" from supporters across the state as she considers whether to mount a gubernatorial bid in New York in 2022, with advisers saying she is "not ruling anything out," Fox News has learned.

Senior adviser to Stefanik, R-N. Y., Alex DeGrasse told Fox News on Thursday that the congresswoman is getting support "from all corners of the state as she would immediately be the strongest Republican candidate in both a primary and general gubernatorial election."

"She continues to set records as the most prolific New York Republican fundraiser ever in state history consistently earning the strongest performance at the ballot box cycle after cycle on Election Day," DeGrasse continued. "She appreciates the widespread encouragement and is not ruling anything out - nor will she make her decision based on others’ timetables."

DeGrasse added: "Congresswoman Stefanik believes it is a testament to the strength of the Republican Party in New York that there are many other high quality candidates running or considering running."

The comments come after Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N. Y., formally announced he will run for governor in 2022 against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Zeldin is the first major Republican to launch a challenge against New York’s embattled three-term Democratic governor, who faces allegations of sexual harassment from 10 female accusers, which has triggered an independent investigation by the state attorney general and an impeachment investigation in the State Assembly. Cuomo’s also facing a federal probe into the state’s handling of COVID deaths at nursing homes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Zeldin, a staunch ally of former President Trump and a four-term lawmaker who represents the state’s 1st Congressional District in the eastern half of Long Island, made his announcement in a live interview on "Fox and Friends."

"I'm running for governor of New York in 2022," Zeldin said on "Fox & Friends." "We are going to win this race."

He added: "I'm all in, we are all in."

Fox News reported earlier this week that Trump allies were quietly rallying their support behind Zeldin, urging him to mount a gubernatorial bid.

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