Governor Edwards?

Could the next New York state governor come from Chautauqua County?

Recently, County Executive Greg Edwards’ name was brought up as a potential candidate to run against democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 election. On YNN’s Capital Tonight, host Liz Benjamin asked Republican State Chairman Ed Cox about potential Republican candidates.

“I counted it as a real compliment that he included my name in with the list of some very talented leaders,” Edwards told The Post-Journal.

Among the other names mentioned were Robert Astorino, Westchester County executive.

“He’s a really dynamite leader, very articulate and has been very successful in Westchester County,” Edwards said.

And, Cox mentioned U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-19th, as a potential Republican candidate.

“He is doing a great job down in Washington, D.C., working in Congress, being very successful there,” Edwards said. “So, I treated it very much as a compliment. I think that there is more work, obviously, that needs to be done to turn New York around. The solutions are clearly in Albany. So, I count it as a compliment that Chairman Cox would see me even as a potential candidate. But, that’s a long ways away.”

In 2010, Edwards was the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor on a ticket with gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino.

“The political junkies out there are always looking at the next election,” Edwards said. “With the presidential election done, the next big one will be the gubernatorial election in two years. They’re already out there developing story lines, and that’s what that is.”

However, Edwards wouldn’t say whether he plans to run in the election.

“I really do enjoy the people in New York state,” Edwards said. “I’ve enjoyed meeting them and working for them. But, my focus is on Chautauqua County.”