The head of the Republican Party in New York has reached out to Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci and asked him to run for State Comptroller. That job is held now by Democrat Thomas DiNapoli.
Onondaga County Republican Party chairman Tom Dadey confirms Antonacci has told state Republican chair Ed Cox that he will make a decision soon. Antonacci says he will spend the next couple of days evaluating with his family.
"It's an honor, it really is. I'm honored Chairman Cox would think that much of me. Now I need to consult with my family," Antonacci said.
"It's potentially very exciting. This state needs help - we need to get it heading in the right direction," he added.
Here's what Antonacci's 2011 campaign website says about him: "Bob has lived on the North side of Syracuse for 25 years, where he attended Our Lady of Pompei Grammar School and Bishop Grimes High School. After graduation, Bob attended LeMoyne College, as well as taking classes at Onondaga Community College. Graduating with high honors in Accounting and awards in the Accounting Program, Bob worked for Ernst & Young, and then attended the Syracuse University Law Program, where he graduated Cum Laude. Bob is married with two children - a son Robert III and daughter Jacqueline. His wife Michele, a long time resident of the Valley, is a registered nurse and has previously worked at Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital."
Does Antonacci think he can win? "Yes, I do," he told CNY Central's Michael Benny on Thursday.