Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb revealed last week that he's considering a run for governor in 2018. He's not the first Republican to express interest in the race, and he's certainly not the first upstate GOP leader to explore a gubernatorial bid.
State Sen. John DeFrancisco, the No. 2 Republican in the state Senate, is already traveling around the state and attending GOP events. He announced in late July that he was exploring a run for governor.
The two Republican leaders have plenty in common. Both are conservatives. They represent similar parts of the state. (DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, is in central New York. Kolb, R-Canandaigua, is in the Finger Lakes region.)
Kolb's announcement that he was considering a run for governor came when he was asked by The Citizen about DeFrancisco's interest in the race. Until that interview last week, Kolb hadn't publicly shared his plan to explore a gubernatorial campaign.