The head of New York’s Republican Party thinks a Western New York County Executive should run for Governor.

Appearing on Capital Tonight, State GOP Chair Ed Cox was adamant that the Republican Party would field a challenger to Governor Cuomo in 2014.   He told Liz Benjamin that Edwards could be the party’s choice. 

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Edwards is currently the Chautauqua County Executive but gained statewide notoriety when voters chose him to run as Carl Paladino’s running mate during the last gubernatorial election.

“Greg Edwards has actually run a state wide race. He traveled on the bus with us.  The cut taxes, cut spending, bring jobs back to New York bus and he was right on message with that and did a great job,” Cox said.

Cox also mentioned Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino and Congressman Chris Gibson as possible candidates.   Cox says Western New York Congressman and former Erie County Executive Chris Collins would be a good candidate if he changed his mind and decided to challenge Governor Cuomo.

Greg Edwards was not available for comment Wednesday night.

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