You could certainly call Carl Paladino stubborn.  The Buffalo Businessman wouldn’t take no for an answer after the Republican Party chose another candidate to run for governor in 2010.

Four years later, Paladino still isn’t taking no for an answer.

“I’ve found a better candidate than myself; Donald Trump,” Paladino said.

Despite Trump bowing out of the race for governor Friday night, Paladino isn’t giving up on his candidacy.  Using the title of a memo written by State Assemblyman Bill Nojay this summer, Paladino is reviving the effort to “Draft Trump.”

Paladino told Neil Cavuto on the FOX Business Network Tuesday Night that he pitched the idea to Trump himself during a phone conversation Monday.

“And he was pretty quiet about it.  I said you know what I’m going to do?   I’m going to tell everybody that I’m not running for governor.  But I am going to go out there and lead those groups in a ‘Draft Trump’ exercise, and that’s what I’m announcing today,” said Paladino.

Trump said Friday, that he was ending his flirtation with seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Governor Cuomo because the New York State Republican Party wouldn’t unite behind him. 

“That’s why he doesn’t want to be going through the nonsense of dealing with these RINOs in the Republican Party,” Paladino said.

While some Trump backers have been reluctantly pledging their support for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Paladino has refused. He’s no longer threatening a run on a fourth line against Astorino, but Paladino isn’t ready to endorse him either. 

“Rob Astorino is a good man, but the guy just can’t raise money and he doesn’t have a killer instinct,” Paladino said.

Paladino believes he can still convince Trump, a clear path to the GOP nomination can be achieved.  After months of bad blood between Trump supporters and the State Republican Party Leadership even Paladino knows it’s a tough sell.

 “If the deck is cleared, I can be 99 percent sure that ‘Draft Trump’ will work,” Paladino said.  “We brought 70 percent of the county chairs by weighted vote to his office a few weeks ago so the beginning of that is there.  Clearing the deck isn’t a big deal.”

Paladino is promoting the new “Draft Trump” on social media though Facebook.  Trump Spokesperson Michael Cohen said Tuesday Night that while Mr. Trump appreciates Paladino’s efforts it’s not likley the real estate mogul will change his mind.