Republican Greg Edwards today announced he won’t seek a third term as Chautauqua County executive, adding that he will not for governor in 2014.

Edwards had indicated in Capital Tonight interview he was interested in making a run for governor in what would have been an uphill battle against incumbent Demcorat Andrew Cuomo.

He would have been an attractive candidate for state GOP Chairman Ed Cox, who floated Edwards’s name in part because he has experience as a statewide candidate.

Edwards was the 2010 nominee for lieutenant governor. Though he was originally picked by former Rep. Rick Lazio as his preferred running mate, Edwards defeated Tom Ognibene in a primary, who at the time was yoked to Republican businessman Carl Paladino (governors and lieutenant governors run separately in New York).

At the Capitol earlier this year for a anti-gun control rally, Paladino said he would support an Edwards run against Cuomo in 2014.

It’s unclear for now what Edwards plans to do next.

Edwards is the second potential Republican candidate to Cuomo to rule out a challenge to the governor.

Earlier this month Hudson Valley Rep. Chris Gibson, another name floated by Cox, told the Times Union he would concentrate on running for re-election to his House seat.

Some Republican officials are still hopeful Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who faces re-election this year, will decide to run against Cuomo.