Besides a possible challenge from Donald Trump, Westerchester County Executive Rob Astorino could still be facing a challenge from former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, but not on the conservative line.  While reacting to the likelihood Astorino will indeed announce he’s running for governor, Paladino acknowledged he may need a new line on the ballot if he decides to challenge Astorino.

“Mike Long appears to be supporting Astorino right now so it would have to be a new party line that I would form.  I don’t know why Mike Long took the position he did I can’t answer that.  But I certainly respect him,” Paladino said.

Paladino is not backing off of his promise to challenge Astorino if he doesn’t call for the removal of Republican State Senator Dean Skelos and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.

“If he (Astorino) comes out and denounces these people and purges them from the party I will campaign for him.  How can you run for governor of the state of New York if your supposed supporters are in bed with your opponent?  It doesn’t make any sense.  Donald Trump would bury them,” said Paladino.

The Buffalo Businessman continues to believe Trump is the man for the job.  While many continue to believe “Trump for Governor” is a pipe dream Paladino isn’t wavering.

“I respect Rob Astroino and expect him to do the right thing if he gets the opportunity.  I don’t think the opportunity is going to be there because I think Donald Trump is going to announce that he is going to run for that office,” Paladino added.