NYC GOP See Rising Star in Donald Trump Jr.

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Donald Trump, Jr., son of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, lifts his fist last Tuesday after speaking during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Donald Trump, Jr., son of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, lifts his fist last Tuesday after speaking during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Donald Trump Jr. is being hailed as a possible rising star in Republican politics and maybe even a candidate for New York City mayor, but he says he’s not in any hurry to seek public office.

Leading New York Republicans including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani are praising the eldest son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as an up-and-comer who might have a future in state politics. The 38-year-old says he may consider a run for office once his children grow older, but that’s doing little to dampen the enthusiasm of Big Apple Republicans hungry for fresh talent.

While sister Ivanka Trump has long impressed New York Republicans, top Republicans say they began to consider Trump Jr.’s potential last week following his speech at the recently concluded Republican National Convention. Like Ivanka Trump, he would have a lot to offer the state GOP: deep pockets, local roots and instant name recognition.

Republican delegate Brian Kolb, the Assembly’s minority leader, said people in the state are always looking to see who the rising stars are and people feel that way about Trump Jr.

“But if his father becomes president, he may have other things to do,” Kolb said. “Someone will have to run the family business, after all.”

Giuliani went even further in remarks to reporters. “I would have to know more about what he’d do,” he said, “but he’d be a great candidate.”

Trump Jr., an executive at the Trump Organization who has played an active role in his father’s campaign, hasn’t ruled out a future in politics.

“Maybe when the kids get out of school, I would consider it,” he said at a convention breakfast. He has five children with his wife, Vanessa Haydon.

Ivanka Trump has long been discussed as a possible candidate and has not ruled out the possibility of seeking office. She introduced her father before his acceptance speech on Thursday.