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Report: Donald Trump Jr. Wants To Run For Office


Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of President Donald Trump, is reportedly interested in running for political office.

"Don Jr. said he is interested in running for office, such as governor of New York, but the position of mayor of New York would be less interesting to him," an anonymous source told the New York Post's gossip column, Page Six.

The younger Trump reportedly expressed his interest while at a gun club in Hicksville, New York, which is about 30 miles east of Manhattan.

The source said the first son was inspired by working on his father's successful presidential campaign.

“Do I want to be behind the scenes and be a mouthpiece and fight back against crazy liberal media? Maybe," the younger Trump joked, according to the anonymous source, adding, "Going back to doing deals is boring after 18 months. The politics bug bit me."

Another anonymous source denied the rumor to Page Six.

"Don [Jr.] has no intentions of running for political office at this time ... [He] is totally focused on running the Trump Organization with his brother," the source said.

Donald Trump Jr. is currently heading his father's businesses, along with his brother, Eric Trump.

According to the younger Trump's Twitter bio, he's the EVP of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization.

If the president's eldest son does decide to run for governor of New York, he would likely have to face Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, who will be up for re-election in 2018.

Cuomo is expected to put forth a presidential bid in 2020, according to Politico.

But the centrist Democrat could face some resistance from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

"On a national level, we’re fighting for a populist party that’s focused on economic and social justice," said Larry Cohen, a former president of the Communications Workers of America, and operative for Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont's 2016 presidential campaign.

"It’s hard to be governor of New York and also be on that kind of program because of the effect of Wall Street there. Things like that are going to matter if the progressive populism that we need is spoken about in a way that connects to working men and women ... Particularly for younger voters -- we need their energy, we need their commitment -- they need to feel like if they’re going to put energy in that it’s going to count at the end of the day, and it’s not just going to be about TV ads."

Sources: Page Six, Politico / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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