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Radio host Curtis Sliwa mulling Reform Party gubernatorial run


ALBANY — Outspoken radio host and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa said Thursday he is considering running for governor on the Reform Party line.


Sliwa is the chairman of the small party, whose executive committee recently couldn’t decide whether to back Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro or former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra for the line.


Sliwa said on his WABC afternoon radio show with Rita Cosby that he’s been approached about running by Reform Party members and might take the plunge if he can get medical clearance from his doctors. He has suffered from chronic Crohn’s disease as well as high blood pressure and hypertension.


“If I can get a clean bill of health, doctors who say to me that if you run you won’t drop dead…then I believe I have no other choice,” Sliwa said.

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The Reform Party convention is set for May 19 in Queens. Sliwa admits one reason he would run is to try and ensure the party would receive the necessary 50,000 votes in November to guarantee a Reform Party spot on the ballot for the next four years.


Sliwa’s listeners were all for the Guardian Angels mainstay — a loud critic of Gov. Cuomo — running.


“I can’t be more excited,” a caller named Jay said. “I have my Curtis make New York great again red beret being stitched as we speak.”


Also seeking the nomination besides Molinaro, who is the presumptive GOP candidate, and Giambra are former state housing commissioner Joseph Holland, a Republican, and Libertarian candidate Larry Sharpe.

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Sliwa said as a candidate his top priority would be fixing the subways. He also said he supports a ban on plastic bags, something Cuomo recently proposed.


Told of Sliwa’s possible candidacy, Molinaro during an appearance at the state Capitol said: “The parties all get to decide who they get to select as a candidate.”


“I am committed to reforming state government, and if they give me the opportunity to represent their party, I’d be happy to do so.”


Nixon, an actress best known for her role in “Sex And The City,” is challenging Cuomo from the left in the Democratic primary.

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