Chris Gibson, the Republican congressman thought to be heavily considering a run for governor in 2018, said New Yorkers are “turned off” by Governor Cuomo because he is “a bully in the way that he approaches government.”

Via the Daily Freeman:

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, a Kinderhook Republican who is considering challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on Wednesday called the incumbent Democrat a “bully” who has alienated voters.

Still, Gibson said it would be a challenge for any Republican to take on the governor, noting that 49 percent of registered voters in New York state are enrolled in the Democratic Party while only 24 percent are enrolled Republicans. He said any Republican who runs for governor in New York is going to be outspent.

“I look at Governor Cuomo and I see that he has alienated so many constituencies,” Gibson said during an interview Wednesday morning at the Freeman’s Kingston office. He said Cuomo is “a bully in the way that he approaches government, and he has turned off so many people.”

A recent unauthorized biography of Cuomo also characterized the governor as a bully obsessed with controlling all aspects of his political and personal life.

Fortunately, should Gibson mount a run for Cuomo’s seat, he won’t be so easily intimidated by a bully.

Gibson is a retired Army colonel, having served in the First Gulf War, Kosovo, and Iraq. He has earned four Bronze Stars, two Legions of Merit, and one Purple Heart award during his career. He was a decorated war hero long before he became an accomplished congressman.

Just two months after handily defeating Sean Eldridge for his third term in Congress, Gibson announced that he would retire when his term is up in 2016, a move that immediately started speculation the he would be concentrating on the Governor’s race.