From the Morning Memo:

Republican gubernatorial candidate John DeFrancisco will be in Washington on Friday to attend the winter meeting of the Republican Governors Association.

DeFrancisco, a state senator from the Syracuse area, is due to meet with RGA leaders, staff and fundraising officials, his campaign said.

Getting the RGA on board would be something of a switch for a New York Republican running for governor. In 2014, Republican Rob Astorino was spurned by then-RGA Chairman Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, who publicly doubted Astorino’s chances of wining.

New York Republicans fumed at the claim by Christie that Astorino was a lost cause, and wondered whether there was a deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to keep the RGA on the sidelines during the race.

Since Christie left the RGA leadership, the group has been more openly critical of Cuomo, a Democrat seeking a third term this year.

The RGA can bring resources to the table in a statewide race, which any Republican would need in order to be competitive against Cuomo’s $30 million war chest.

The RGA meeting comes as some Republicans are pushing for more candidates to enter the race for governor, including Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who bowed out of running in January.

Ex-Erie County Executive Joel Giambra is also seeking the nomination as is a former aide to Gov. George Pataki, Joe Holland, who filed paperwork this week.