Gibson takes role with Molinaro campaign

Chris Gibson

Former Rep. Chris Gibson, a Hudson Valley Republican who considered running for governor this year but announced that he wouldn’t two years ago, has taken a background role in the gubernatorial race as the unpaid campaign chairman for Marc Molinaro, one of two Republicans vying to take on Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Gibson, a retired Army colonel and three-term Republican whose district included Ulster and Sullivan counties, and who left office in 2015 after declining to seek re-election, is currently a visiting professor of foreign policy at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and a recent author. His book, “Rally Point: Five Tasks to Unite the Country and Revitalize the American Dream,” was published in October.

In an announcement about Gibson’s campaign role on Wednesday, Molinaro said, “Chris Gibson embodies the high standards for integrity, commitment and service by which we will run this campaign and which we will ultimately restore to the State Capitol in Albany. I am honored that he has agreed to serve as Campaign Chairman.”

Gibson said in the same release: “Marc Molinaro is the right person to clear the cloud of corruption that has descended over the Governor’s office and restore New Yorker’s faith in the future of our state.”

Molinaro and state Sen. John DeFranciso will compete for Republicans’ endorsement to run for governor at a party convention in Manhattan on May 24.

Cuomo has been governor since 2011 and is running for a third term. He faces a challenge from the left from fellow Democrat Cynthia Nixon, the former “Sex and the City” star.

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