Sen. Stewart-Cousins repeatedly insisted on Tuesday she is not running for Westchester County executive in the democratic primary to unseat Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino who is running for his third term.
“I’m here,” she said at a news conference. “We’re here. We’re doing this.”
Asked again, she repeated: “I’m not running. I’m not running for county executive. I’m not running for county executive. I’m not running, I’m not running and I’m not running.”
And when the question came back again — interpreted as being less than Shermanesque — she once again insisted she’s not currently a candidate.
“I am saying that I am not running for county executive,” she said. “I can say that again. I am saying that I am not running for county executive because I am not running for county executive.”
The question was raised in part because of the highly publicized speculations that she might be next to throw her hat in the ring for the County’s top seat.
The exchange came after Latimer told reporters last month Stewart-Cousins had acknowledged to him in private she was considering the race and that there was a poll with her name in the mix, despite the Yonkers Democrat insisting she was “not running” for the post.
“First of all, again, you’re asking questions based on a premise you have based on conversations with colleagues I have,” she said. “I usually don’t discuss those.”
Stewart-Cousins yielded the floor to Latimer — both of them have known each other since serving on the county Legislature.
“He’s volunteered to be the focal point of those kinds of questions because he’s thinking this is the job he wants,” she said, and turning to him, “Go right ahead.”
Latimer, behind her, took the floor.
Latimer, at the podium, said: “I have a good friend in Andrea Stewart-Cousins. She’s said she’s not running. I’m running. Ken Jenkins is running.”
Despite Sen. Stewart-Cousins setting the record straight on running for County Exec, there are still many tossing around her name as the one with the most probable chance to unseat Astorino.
Sen. Latimer, who born and raised in Mount Vernon‘s southside, will be appearing on PBP Radio, Sunday, May 21st at 6:30 PM.