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Lazio [will run] for Congress [again]
PoliticsNY.com ^ | 3-18-02 | Enos Throop (PoliticsNY.com staff)

Posted on 03/18/2002 5:23:28 PM PST by GraniteStateConservative

Lazio [will run] for Congress [again]

Sources close to former U.S. Rep. RICK LAZIO (R-Brightwaters) have told PoliticsNY.com that Lazio will run again to regain the 2nd District congressional seat he vacated to run for the U.S. Senate in 2000. Lazio will face freshman U.S. Rep. STEVE ISRAEL (D-Huntington) in what is expected to be one of the most expensive House races in the country.

During the St. Patrick's Day weekend in New York, Lazio looked like a soon-to-be candidate as he huddled with Conservative Party Chairman MIKE LONG at the 218th annual all-male dinner of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick at the Sheraton Centre in Manhattan.

Apparently, U.S. Rep. TOM REYNOLDS (R-Clarence), the executive chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, made the previously reluctant Lazio an offer he couldn't refuse.

In the meantime, the GOP's chances of retaining control of the U.S. House could depend on Lazio's success in Suffolk County's 2nd Congressional District.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cellphone; electionuscongress; newyork; ricklazio; steveisrael
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1 posted on 03/18/2002 5:23:28 PM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: GraniteStateConservative
If I were Rick, next time I'd leave the props at home............


2 posted on 03/18/2002 5:26:46 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Best news of the day. Every House seat counts.
3 posted on 03/18/2002 5:27:13 PM PST by mwl1
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To: deadhead
Lets get ready to rummmmmmmmmmmmmblllllllllllllllllle!
4 posted on 03/18/2002 5:28:04 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07
"Lets get ready to rummmmmmmmmmmmmblllllllllllllllllle!"

I'm always ready :-)

5 posted on 03/18/2002 5:31:07 PM PST by deadhead
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To: jwalsh07
I hope Hillary campaigns for Israel.
6 posted on 03/18/2002 5:33:23 PM PST by VA Advogado
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To: GraniteStateConservative;torie;crasher
Oh no he's pro-choice, so he might offend a few here.... ......^@___*^

Good, this means this race goes from leans rat to leans Lazio,,,,,,,,Not leans GOP...only he can defeat A RAT....no one Else in his Ex-district can win...

7 posted on 03/18/2002 5:35:57 PM PST by KQQL
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To: VA Advogado
Yeah, me too.
8 posted on 03/18/2002 5:37:47 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: n.y.muggs
Yo..You ready?
9 posted on 03/18/2002 5:37:54 PM PST by OnAMission
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To: deadhead
T Shirts?
10 posted on 03/18/2002 5:38:40 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: KQQL
I will move the seat to a 55% GOP chance of a gain for now. I don't see this one as in the bag at all. But at least the bag is within reach. And I still think Lazio is a brat.
11 posted on 03/18/2002 5:38:54 PM PST by Torie
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Well, at least the loser can run the same campaign the he ran when he tried for the Senate.

In other words, he doesn't have to leave New York City.

12 posted on 03/18/2002 5:42:22 PM PST by ProudGOP
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To: Torie
The worst news is that this will get tuco-bad posting like crazy.
13 posted on 03/18/2002 5:42:43 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: Torie
now now .......lol......Lazio might icome over your place and hit you with his paper work....I say it's tossup leaning towrds LAZIO......

Israel only got 49% of the vote in 2000......against a weak field..

14 posted on 03/18/2002 5:45:00 PM PST by KQQL
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To: hole_n_one
Good news that we will have someone stepping up to the plate.

Didn't get to learn enough about Rick Lazio last time around, between the short lead time prior to Rick's campain starting and the media's love affair with Mrs. X42 1/2.

15 posted on 03/18/2002 5:45:05 PM PST by Made In The USA
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Aaargh! Never mind my last post- re-read and see he's running for House of Reps not Senate.
16 posted on 03/18/2002 5:46:30 PM PST by Made In The USA
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To: jwalsh07
T Shirts?

Lazio T Shirts?

17 posted on 03/18/2002 5:46:40 PM PST by deadhead
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To: eddie willers
That IS bad. :)
18 posted on 03/18/2002 5:47:19 PM PST by Torie
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To: KQQL
Ya, true. But a Greenie got 5%. And Israel got high marks at politicsNY, whatever that means, which probably isn't much. Still, he has had two years to entrench himself, and is now the incumbent.
19 posted on 03/18/2002 5:52:01 PM PST by Torie
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To: eddie willers
Tuco can't post, he promised!

Wanna buy a bridge in Brooklyn?

20 posted on 03/18/2002 5:52:34 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: GraniteStateConservative
This is a democrat leaning area that Tom Downey held for years so Lazio is the best we can get.

Probably not that much difference between Lazio and Israel, but at least Lazio won't vote for Conyors for judicial chair.

21 posted on 03/18/2002 5:57:02 PM PST by Dan from Michigan
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Stopping out for an election cycle is not such a bad idea. You have a chance to see and talk with potential constituents on a much more personal level, and they are reacquainted with your agenda, all the while you do not have to deal with complaints and favors asked of those who do occupy the office. While Rick Lazio may not look to be the very picture of a conservative in Montana or Texas, he is remarkably far removed from the fever-swamp type of liberal that seems to prevade much of New York State politics.
22 posted on 03/18/2002 5:59:15 PM PST by alloysteel
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To: KQQL; crasher; jwalsh07
I must say that in my memory, I have never seen both parties work the pawns on the chessboard for control of the House with this intensity before to get the right nominees, and the right districts. It is no holds bared in most places, with lawsuits everywhere. Davis did some of this last time, but he was working under the radar screen, and it may have made the difference. In any event, both are in the game big time now.

And that is why it makes it so much fun to watch.

23 posted on 03/18/2002 5:59:53 PM PST by Torie
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To: **New_York;*Election US Congress
Index bump
24 posted on 03/18/2002 6:03:55 PM PST by Fish out of Water
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To: Torie
Well, two things: redistricting in NY isn't done yet, and Lazio's decision to run might affect redistricting (it might be too late to change the maps, but my guess is that the GOP-- which controls 2/3rds of the process-- decided to make the CD even more Democrat to help other GOPers in the state before this decision by Lazio); and Lazio has easily won re-election in the past (average of 61% in 94, 96, and 98 for example) while NY-2 voted for Clinton by 20 points-- Lazio is the only guy that can win here.

With Bush's resurgence in popularity in New York, Lazio's race will be even easier.

25 posted on 03/18/2002 6:11:16 PM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Israel won the 2nd District because the Republican party ran a candidate whose views were indistinguishable from his and conservatives ran a third party candidate.
Israel only won with 45% of the vote.
26 posted on 03/18/2002 6:12:37 PM PST by rmlew
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To: Torie
I have a picture in my mind of cigarette butts, a half full bottle of whiskey, two crts glowing in semi darkness and a man poring through documents with an other worldly grin on his face.
27 posted on 03/18/2002 6:14:02 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: rmlew
Israel got 48%, and a Greenie 5%.
28 posted on 03/18/2002 6:15:14 PM PST by Torie
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To: jwalsh07
Well, you have a vivid imagination. :)
29 posted on 03/18/2002 6:18:44 PM PST by Torie
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To: nutmeg;alisasny;stanz;StarFan

30 posted on 03/18/2002 6:19:31 PM PST by firebrand
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To: GraniteStateConservative
bump for Enrico!
31 posted on 03/18/2002 6:27:26 PM PST by jjlkovacs
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To: firebrand
WOO-HOO! He's running! Gotta get that 'copter up and running... :-)
32 posted on 03/18/2002 6:28:10 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Now that America knows the real Clinton legacy, I'd like to see Lazio run for Senate again.
No doubt, massive voter fraud by Dems was in high gear. They were neck and neck in the polls, and Lazio was raking in the cash compared to Hitlery - who got her cash from terrorist groups (got caught )and Hollywood Commies.
Homeless people were bussed in, and who knows how many mutts voted for Hitlery.
I would like to see another run by Lazio. This time, the right will be ready for what happened in NY last time. No one expected the fraud to be so blantant, and the Lazio switches will all be expected to work this time.
33 posted on 03/18/2002 6:28:25 PM PST by concerned about politics
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To: evilC; Dutchy; OneidaM
Rick Lazio
34 posted on 03/18/2002 6:30:11 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: GraniteStateConservative
I hope he runs a better campaign this time but it was short notice. My wife and I sent money to Rudy G when it looked like he would run.(thank goodness he didn't re; 9/11) I hope he sends our money to Simon.
35 posted on 03/18/2002 6:30:29 PM PST by tubebender
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To: GraniteStateConservative
I think Lazio will re-take this seat, and I will go out on a limb to say that he will beat Hillary in 2006 if she is running again. I also think he will be the GOP candidate for President in 2008. There I said it! You wanna make something of it? ;)
36 posted on 03/18/2002 6:40:50 PM PST by tellw
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To: Made In The USA
Good news that we will have someone stepping up to the plate.

Yeah - a political equivalent to Marvelous Marv Throneberry. Actually, that's unfair - to Marvelous Marv, that is. Rick Lazyboy had Hilarious Rodent Clinton primed for the knockout after those debates and he dropped the balls faster than Marvelous Marv. Marvelous Marv at least won a few games with some timely belts in the late innings (like the game in which he went to the coaching lines, actually, after a Met coach got thrown out arguing, then got called on to pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth with two men on and went yard on the best relief pitcher in the National League at the time - Elroy Face of the Pirates - for the game).
37 posted on 03/18/2002 6:48:13 PM PST by BluesDuke
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To: KQQL; crasher; jwalsh07
This from the NRCC is kind of fun to read. Of course, they call all the tossups for the GOP, bless them.
38 posted on 03/18/2002 6:51:36 PM PST by Torie
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To: tellw
I also think he will be the GOP candidate for President in 2008.

Condi in '08!

39 posted on 03/18/2002 6:56:07 PM PST by StriperSniper
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To: tellw
. I also think he will be the GOP candidate for President in 2008. There I said it! You wanna make something of it? ;)

That's not a bad idea. Start priming him for the run now. He's young, and his record is squeekie clean. He's attractive enough to get the womans "arousal" vote, and the right gets the real mans vote. He could be a great canidate.

40 posted on 03/18/2002 6:59:07 PM PST by concerned about politics
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To: KQQL
Israel won because there were two right-leaning candidates. One was a black woman, and apparently that didn't go over too well with a number of people in the district, so the conservative vote was split.
41 posted on 03/18/2002 7:03:02 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: rmlew
Israel won the 2nd District because the Republican party ran a candidate whose views were indistinguishable from his and conservatives ran a third party candidate.

Joan Johnson, an African-American moderately liberal Republican.

42 posted on 03/18/2002 7:10:30 PM PST by Clemenza
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To: GraniteStateConservative
I spent my entire childhood in New York-4 (South Shore of Nassau County). When I was a kid, it was more Republican, but since 1996 has consistently reelected Carolyn McCarthy (ugh!).

Gotta love the fact that Bush only got about 35% of Nassau. I remember when Reagan carried Nassau, as did Bush in 1988.

43 posted on 03/18/2002 7:13:24 PM PST by Clemenza
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To: BluesDuke
Amazin' Mets bump from the fortunate son of a season ticket holder in the '80s.
44 posted on 03/18/2002 7:14:53 PM PST by Clemenza
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To: nutmeg
That pin photo looks like John Cusak. What was that election movie he was in where he ran for a House seat? He was caught taking kickbacks. I think it was a fictional (yeah right) Massachussetts seat.
45 posted on 03/18/2002 7:29:17 PM PST by RFP
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To: VA Advogado
I'll send her my FJB button to remind her or maybe I should send it to the little town in New York and remind them of who they backed for favors..........
46 posted on 03/18/2002 7:35:05 PM PST by yoe
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To: Clemenza
Amazin' Mets bump from the fortunate son of a season ticket holder in the '80s.

And, a bump from the even more fortunate son who was there (brought to the game by family when I was six years old), at the Polo Grounds, the day Marvelous Marv went yard on Mr. Face, to split the doubleheader with the Buccos.
47 posted on 03/18/2002 7:37:45 PM PST by BluesDuke
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To: tellw; tubebender; Dan from Michigan
I really think that, if there's a viable game plan, Rudy will go after Chuckie Schumer in '04 and win.

That would make Mr. Giuliani the junior senator to Hitlary, which he obviously won't like so what will the game plan be? I honestly DON'T see Lazio being able to knock-off the entrenched hildabeast. Pataki's term would be up then and he'd have a better chance, IMHO.

48 posted on 03/18/2002 7:40:54 PM PST by RFP
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To: GraniteStateConservative
I hope he's successful. We need as many Repubs. in the House as we can get!!
50 posted on 03/18/2002 7:44:16 PM PST by SuziQ
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