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  • Cuomo, Pataki come together to condemn gov. shutdown

    10/02/2013 5:48:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 2, 2013 | Carl Campanile
    Former Republican Gov. George Pataki — joining forces with current Democratic Gov. Cuomo — slammed national leaders Wednesday for permitting the federal government shutdown. “It’s hard to say this calmly, but government has to work. When you look at what is happening in Washington, it’s extremely sad for the people of this country,” said Pataki, who flirted with running for president, said during a press conference at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. “Elections are political. Governing should be about the people and the public interest.” In a coup, Cuomo, who is running for re-election next year and is said to...
  • Obama mixes high-tech, political broadsides in speech (at chip lab created under Repub )

    05/08/2012 12:32:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Times Union ^ | May 8, 2012 | Paul Grondahl, Larry Rulison and Cathleen Crowley
    President Barack Obama, accompanied by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, holds a silicon wafer, as they tour the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at State University of New York at Albany's Nano-Tech complex, Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Albany, N.Y., with Chris Borst, assistant V.P. for Engineering and Integration. ALBANY — Using the University at Albany's nanotechnology center as a backdrop, President Barack Obama delivered a speech about the U.S. economy that touted a combination of private and public funds that go into the high-tech school.He also fired a broadside at Republicans in Congress who he blamed for...
  • Pataki: Any GOP candidate would be an improvement over Obama

    01/31/2012 11:43:29 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    ALBANY – Former Governor George Pataki told the New York State Conservative Party’s annual political action conference in Albany Monday that conservatives make the difference, not only in fiscal policy, but in fighting crime. Pataki said the Republican Party, with the support of Conservatives, must defeat Democratic President Barak Obama in the fall. He would not back one particular candidate, though. “I think the weakest Republican candidate would be a dramatic improvement over this president,” Pataki said. Former Congressman Rick Lazio, who ran unsoccessfully for governor and US Senate, told the Conservative Party members that he supports Mitt Romney as...
  • George Pataki: This Administration Has Never Understood the Meaning of 9/11

    08/31/2011 4:07:32 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 12 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Aug. 31, 2011 | Bill Hemmer
    The White House is now defending some of its talking points over how it will mark the tenth anniversary of September 11th, namely by minimizing references to Al Qaeda in an effort to show the terror group is increasingly less relevant. A former staffer of Vice President Dick Cheney spoke out against the move, saying “I think the fact that you would actually instruct government officials to speak differently about 9/11 simply based on where they’re standing is not just insulting to American audiences and to foreign audiences, but again I think its a little bit of a window into...
  • George Pataki won't run for president

    08/26/2011 11:41:45 AM PDT · by Keith in Iowa · 29 replies
    WHO-TV, Des Moines IA ^ | 8/26/11 | WHO-TV
    NO PATAKI: Former New York governor George Pataki won't run for president and has opted out of a scheduled event in Des Moines Saturday Former New York governor George Pataki has cancelled plans to attend a Polk County Republicans event in Des Moines Saturday, as he announces he won't seek the office of president. Pataki had been scheduled to speak at the Polk County Republicans summer picnic at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Many expected Pataki to reveal he would run for president in 2012 at the picnic, but now sources close to him say he has decided against declaring as...
  • Bush to attend 10th anniversary of Sept 11 in NYC

    07/30/2011 2:23:04 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 43 replies
    AP ^ | July 30, 2011 | Colleen Long
    NEW YORK — The ceremony at the World Trade Center site marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks will be a solemn but stately event ... President Barack Obama and Bloomberg will be joined by the leaders in charge during the 2001 attacks, including former President George W. Bush, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former New York Gov. George Pataki. Current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will also be there, he said.
  • George Pataki: ‘I’ll Certainly Feel Compelled To Run’ If No Strong Candidate Emerges

    06/23/2011 7:00:06 PM PDT · by randita · 39 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 6/23/11 | Jillian Rayfield
    George Pataki: ‘I’ll Certainly Feel Compelled To Run’ If No Strong Candidate Emerges Jillian Rayfield | June 23, 2011, 11:55AM Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) may be getting closer to a run for president in 2012, saying Wednesday that if no candidate with a strong deficit-reduction plan emerges -- one who actually has a shot at beating President Obama -- then "I'll certainly feel compelled to take a look." In an interview with the Fiscal Times, Pataki said that the national debt is "if not the most important issue, then one of the two most important issues facing...
  • Gov. George Pataki ‘Looking at’ Run for President; Peekskill ‘Twice the Size of Wasilla’

    11/08/2010 9:09:12 PM PST · by pissant · 48 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/8/10 | Rick Klein
    Sarah Palin isn’t the only former governor/former mayor who’s mulling a run for president in 2012. On ABC’s “Top Line” today, former Gov. George Pataki, R-N.Y., told us that – as Palin has said – he’ll run for president if he determines the other Republican candidates don’t offer the right kind of leadership going forward. “When you look back at the past two years, it's been very disappointing, not only -- not just for Republicans, but for the American people,” Pataki told us. “And I think it shows the importance of experienced leadership -- leaders who have shown the ability...
  • Carl Paladino pulls no punches: Pataki's a 'degenerate idiot,' and Shelly Silver 'belongs in Attica'

    09/16/2010 1:06:59 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 37 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 09/16/10 | Douglas Feiden
    Buffalo - Here was Carl Paladino, marching around the state, promising bloody insurrection in Albany - and calling himself heir to the heroic Americans who killed Nazis and Taliban.
  • RINO Fixers Are Part of the GOP’s Problem

    05/26/2010 9:14:47 AM PDT · by IndePundit · 7 replies · 289+ views
    National Review Online | February 26, 2009 | Deroy Murdock
    At the state level, governors like New York’s George Pataki and California’s Arnold Schwarzenegger pandered to government-employee unions and opened the spending spigots, to taxpayers’ ongoing horror. Other culprits include the state-level influence peddlers who seem more interested in cash than in free-market and conservative principles.New York ’s former U.S. senator Alfonse D’Amato is a perfect example of this breed. “Senator Pothole” personally discovered an obscure state senator, George Pataki, from Peekskill, N.Y. After being muscled through the state GOP convention, Pataki scored the party’s nomination and won the governorship in 1994. After some limited first-term tax cutting, Pataki’s spend-o-rama...
  • Gillibrand’s Dirty Tricks - Will AG Cuomo Get The Facts?

    05/26/2010 8:51:35 AM PDT · by IndePundit · 3 replies · 166+ views
    StoneZone ^ | January 25, 2009 | Roger Stone
    The appointment by New York Governor David Paterson of Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to the vacant senate seat of Hillary Clinton raises serious questions surrounding the illegal dirty tricks employed to elect Gillibrand to Congress in the first place. In 2006 Governor George Pataki's Chief of Staff Zenia Mucha illegally obtained New York State Police records regarding a domestic dispute between then Congressman John Sweeney and his wife. The records were obtained by former State Police captain Daniel Wiese, who functioned as a dirty tricks operative for Pataki and later Governor Eliot Spitzer. Wiese was also the operative who pressured State...
  • Caution: Ideological Adjusters Ahead

    04/19/2010 9:07:57 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 3 replies · 209+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 04/20/10 | CaroleL
    Have politicians completely given up even pretending they have core personal beliefs? While it's reasonable to believe that over the course of a long career new information and new experiences may necessitate an occasional ideological adjustment; the wholesale changes on where some perpetual candidates stand from campaign to campaign has made the term flip--flopper a virtual given and woefully inadequate. A few years ago it was a wave of hope and change that made moderate seem like the way to go for many Republicans. Now a strong trend among the electorate toward conservatism and increased involvement by those who always...
  • Pataki 2012?

    04/16/2010 8:21:17 PM PDT · by paltz · 20 replies · 459+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 4/16/10 | Kerry Picket
    Former Governor of New York Republican George Pataki could be eyeing a run for 2012. A New York GOP insider told me today that Mr. Pataki seems to be considering a presidential run. Mr. Pataki recently making it clear he would not be running against New York Democratic Senator Kirsten GIllibrand, though his poll numbers show he could have very well had a strong chance at taking her seat during this year's mid term elections.
  • Pataki: Romney version of health reform ‘unconstitutional’ (Romney hides behind Tenth Amendment)

    04/16/2010 1:35:50 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 475+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 2010-04-16 | Hillary Chabot
    Former New York Gov. George Pataki blasted the Bay State’s health care reform created under former Gov. Mitt Romney today, telling the Herald it’s “unconstitutional.” He also conceded that Romney is “probably the (Republican) front runner” in the 2012 presidential election. Pataki is in Boston on Sunday to kick off a nationwide effort to repeal President Obama’s health care reform. “I think the idea of what they call an individual mandate ... is not just wrong, in all likelihood it’s unconstitutional,” Pataki told the Herald in a telephone interview today. Romney has defended his plan, saying he was able to...
  • Former N.Y. Gov. Pataki Announces Plan to Repeal Health Care

    04/14/2010 2:45:08 PM PDT · by Southnsoul · 15 replies · 660+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 14, 2010
    Former N.Y. Gov. Pataki Announces Plan to Repeal Health Care Law Former New York Gov. George Pataki announced Wednesday the creation of a national organization working to repeal the Democrats' health care overhaul, which he called a "horrific" and costly bungle. Former New York Gov. George Pataki announced Wednesday the creation of a national organization that will work to repeal the Democrats' health care overhaul, which he called a "horrific" and costly bungle. Pataki said his nonprofit group, Revere America, will develop a grassroots network and highlight national opposition to the health care law, which he believes will impose a...
  • Former N.Y. Gov. Pataki Announces Plan to Repeal Health Care Law

    04/14/2010 4:06:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 733+ views
    fox ^ | 4/15/10 | staff
    Former New York Gov. George Pataki announced Wednesday the creation of a national organization that will work to repeal the Democrats' health care overhaul, which he called a "horrific" and costly bungle. Pataki said his nonprofit group, Revere America, will develop a grassroots network and highlight national opposition to the health care law, which he believes will impose a $500 billion burden on U.S. taxpayers and tighten government control of the health care system
  • Excerpts: George E. Pataki -(Gathering Signatures To Repeal HC Bill)

    04/14/2010 10:12:54 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies · 851+ views
    The Wall Street Journal: I understand you made a decision about the Senate race and I was hoping you could talk to me a little bit about why you decided not to challenge Sen. [Kirsten] Gillibrand (D., N.Y.). George E. Pataki: I'm very excited about Revere America. This is a great group of people that I'm going to be working with and as I've said for some time, I do want to get more involved in the national political dialogue and I think this is the best way to do it. We're going to be kicking off the end of...
  • Watch your back, Kirsten (Cuomo's looking for a gig)

    03/30/2010 9:25:07 PM PDT · by dangus · 5 replies · 317+ views
    Vanity ^ | 3-31-10 | Dangus
    Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is very popular in New York. Governor David Paterson and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are not... and they're both up for re-election. Conventional wisdom has had it that Cuomo will run for one of their jobs: Paterson's. Amidst unsourced press reports that Cuomo would begin his campaign for governor sometime in March, Paterson even announced he would not be seeking re-election. But now March has come and just about gone, and there's no announcement. Cuomo, in fact, keeps insisting he's running for attorney general. But it's hard to believe the heretofore ruthless politician, suddenly lacks any ambition...
  • Poll: Ex-Gov Pataki Has an Edge on Underwhelming Gillibrand

    03/30/2010 5:55:31 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 396+ views
    gothamist.com ^ | March 30, 2010 | Sabrina Jaszi
    Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is losing out in the polls to an opponent who hasn't even announced his candidacy yet. "We'll see down the road," said Republican ex-governor George Pataki, when asked if he would vie for the seat. Marist College research shows Pataki beating the former upstate congresswoman by two percentage points, 47-45. As for job approval, a scant 27 percent of the electorate believe Gillibrand, who critics say fails to connect with voters, is doing good work, reports the Post.
  • NY Poll: GOP Voters Favor Lazio As Levy Switches Parties

    03/22/2010 2:04:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 444+ views
    realclearpolitics ^ | March 22nd, 2010 | Mike Memoli
    A new Siena poll (810 RVs, 3/15-18, MoE +/- 3.4%) is the first in New York to test the potential Republican primary for governor between former Rep. Rick Lazio (R) and Steve Levy, the Suffolk County Executive and soon-to-be-former Democrat. Lazio leads Levy 45-16 in an initial test, with 40 percent undecided. When Republican voters are informed of Levy's political affiliation, Lazio's lead expands to 60-19, with 22 percent undecided. Democratic Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, continues to be the early heavy favorite to ultimately win the seat in November.
  • Pataki endorses GOP's Rick Lazio for governor

    03/10/2010 5:12:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 300+ views
    WKTV ^ | Mar 10, 2010
    Former Gov. George Pataki, perhaps the most popular Republican in New York, is endorsing Rick Lazio in his GOP bid for governor this year. Pataki is scheduled to make the endorsement Wednesday afternoon in Manhattan. Lazio is a former congressman from Long Island who has collected endorsements from most Republican county chairmen and many Conservative Party leaders around the state. Lazio spokesman Barney Keller says Pataki's backing is another indication Lazio has support to, as he put it, sweep clean the dysfunction in Albany. Pataki, who retired as governor four years ago, is considering a run for the U.S. Senate...
  • DC 2010: George Pataki calls for 40% (!) electric vehicle market penetration by 2020

    01/27/2010 3:34:43 PM PST · by decimon · 14 replies · 333+ views
    autobloggreen ^ | Jan 27, 2010 | Sebastian Blanco
    Former governor of New York George Pataki visited the Washington Auto Show today and set an ambitious target during the morning's opening plenary session. How ambitious? Um, he called for electric vehicles (EVs) to grow to 40 percent of the new vehicle market by 2020. > Last week, it was announced that Pataki would lead a Next Generation Vehicles practice withing the international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP. >
  • Pataki would trounce Gillibrand

    01/18/2010 10:42:02 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 1,061+ views
    politico.com ^ | Jan. 18, 2010 | GLENN THRUSH
    Could old George be the new Brown? A new Siena poll shows that former New York Gov. George Pataki, who left office with the popularity of week-old lox, would sweep past Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand by an impressive 51-percent-to-38-percent margin. The poll marks the first time any New York Senate candidate has broken through the magical 50 percent threshold — and also marks the first time Gillibrand, who was appointed by Gov. David Paterson a year ago, finds her disapprovals outpolling her positives.
  • Losers abound in NY politics this year

    12/21/2009 8:20:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 360+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 21, 2009 | Fredric U. Dicker
    'Tis the season . . . to pick the winners and losers in state politics during a very turbulent 2009 -- and what a banner year for losers it has been. The people of New York are, again, the biggest losers -- burdened as they are with "leaders" who raised taxes and fees $8 billion during one of the worst recessions ever, a dysfunctional Legislature, and an unelected governor who plumbed record-low approval ratings in the polls. The annual list was put together with the help of public officials, government bureaucrats, lobbyists, union leaders and journalists, all of whom talked...
  • NY Senator Gillibrand Facing Tough Election Fight

    11/25/2009 5:29:42 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies · 1,007+ views
    Zogby International ^ | November 24, 2009
    In what could be one of the most hotly contested Senate races in 2010, former New York City Mayor and failed Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani is in a statistical dead heat with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a new Zogby IVR poll finds. Forty-five percent prefer Giuliani and 43% side with the incumbent Gillibrand, well within the poll's 3.2% margin of error. 'IVR' or Interactive Voice Response is a polling methodology that uses a recorded human voice to administer a survey to participants who respond via a telephone touchpad. In another potential match-up Senator Gillibrand holds a slight lead over...
  • Scozzafava: race became 'referendum on issues far from here'

    11/01/2009 3:22:16 AM PST · by Saije · 38 replies · 1,442+ views
    Watertown Times ^ | 11/1/2009 | Jim Reagen
    A week and a half ago, Conservative Douglas L. Hoffman was appearing on a nationally syndicated conservative talk show while Democrat William L. Owens was in New York City, attending a fundraiser with...Obama. "I was in a dairy barn that night," said Republican Dierdre K. Scozzafava. "I was talking to a constituent about the dairy crisis." "It struck me at the time that there was a little irony in it. Our congressional race had become a referendum on issues far from here," Ms. Scozzafava said...after announcing earlier in the day that she was suspending her congressional campaign. "Our area had...
  • Pataki endorses Hoffman

    Former New York Gov. George Pataki endorsed Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman tonight, the clearest sign yet that even the most establishment New York Republicans now view Hoffman as having the best shot at preventing a Democrat from winning next Tuesday's special election.
  • Pataki endorses Hoffman for N.Y. seat

    10/29/2009 11:06:33 PM PDT · by FTJM · 8 replies · 554+ views
    Washington Times ^ | October 30, 2009 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    NEW YORK | Former New York Gov. George Pataki on Thursday endorsed Doug Hoffman, the conservative candidate for the special congressional election to a seat in upstate New York next month. Mr. Pataki announced his support for Mr. Hoffman at a Conservative Party fundraiser at the New York Athletic Club. Mr. Pataki said he has a farm in the 23rd congressional district and I know that district inside and out. John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, also backed Mr. Hoffman at the event.
  • BREAKING: Pataki Endorses Hoffman CONFIRMED

    10/29/2009 7:42:19 PM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 322 replies · 8,372+ views
    Red State ^ | Oct 29, 2009 | Erick Erickson
    Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile) Thursday, October 29th at 8:53PM EDT I am told reliably, but have not yet confirmed, that Governor George Pataki endorsed Doug Hoffman tonight at a Conservative Party event. As Matt Drudge would say: Developing . . . If this is so, this is huge. Pataki routinely won NY-23 by huge margins. He remains quite popular up there. UPDATE: IT IS CONFIRMED. Gov. George Pataki has endorsed Doug Hoffman for the United States Congress. Pataki’s statement: Statement from Governor George E. Pataki As someone personally engaged in the way of life in the Adirondacks and Northern...
  • BREAKING: Pataki Endorses Hoffman (?)

    10/29/2009 6:31:17 PM PDT · by AmericanSphinx71 · 29 replies · 1,249+ views
    Red State ^ | 10-29-09 | Erick Erickson
    Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile) Thursday, October 29th at 8:53PM EDT 4 Comments I am told reliably, but have not yet confirmed, that Governor George Pataki endorsed Doug Hoffman tonight at a Conservative Party event. As Matt Drudge would say: Developing . . . If this is so, this is huge. Pataki routinely won NY-23 by huge margins. He remains quite popular up there.
  • Senate GOP campaign chief Cornyn turns his attention to NY race

    10/23/2009 5:17:13 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies · 852+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 23, 2009 | J. Taylor Rushing and Aaron Blake
    Senate Republican campaign chief John Cornyn (Texas) turned his eye toward New York this week, and on Thursday he expressed confidence the GOP could go after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in 2010. New York has emerged as perhaps the next big recruiting target for Cornyn. Candidates have flooded primaries in other races, but all eyes in New York are on Gov. George Pataki, who could decide as early as the next two weeks.
  • Former NY Governor Pataki Heading to Iowa

    10/14/2009 10:01:46 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 6 replies · 575+ views
    WGRZ, Buffalo NY ^ | October 13, 2009 | AP
    George Pataki will be in Iowa next month to raise money for local Republicans. The former New York governor will be the headline speaker at a fundraising event on November 10th, according to Brian Kennedy, finance director for the Scott County Republican Party. The visit could boost speculation that Pataki is planning to run for the Republican party nomination in the 2012 election. Other potential GOP candidates, such as Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, will be at an event in Des Moines three days prior. Pataki spent time in Iowa during the 2008 presidential election; however, he did not seek the...
  • Losing It Over Scozzafava (R-ACORN, NY)

    10/08/2009 7:28:34 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 29 replies · 1,283+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 10.8.09 @ 6:10AM | By The Prowler
    National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) lashed out at conservative Republican colleagues during a meeting on Capitol Hill Wednesday when asked why the NRCC chose to back liberal, ACORN supported candidate Dede Scozzafava, in the upcoming special election to succeed Rep. John McHugh in New York's 23rd Congressional District Sessions was called out by conservative members of the caucus, and challenged when asked why NRCC resources -- cash and personnel -- were being used for Scozzafava. "We have a conservative running in this race, and the Republican Party is not with him," says a conservative House member...
  • New York Senate: Gillibrand Narrowly Leads Pataki

    09/24/2009 7:27:43 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies · 697+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 24, 2009
    Appointed U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand holds a narrow lead over former Governor George Pataki in a hypothetical match-up for New York State’s 2010 Senate race. The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the campaign shows Gillibrand with 44% of the vote and Pataki with 41%. However, Gillibrand’s numbers appear to be deflated a bit by the fact that 12% of Democrats say they would prefer to vote for some other candidate. Ever since Gillibrand was appointed by Governor David Paterson to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton earlier this year, some Democrats have voiced the opinion that she is too conservative for...
  • Pataki: Obama should concentrate on jobs, not state politics

    09/21/2009 11:52:58 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies · 240+ views
    blog.timesunion.com ^ | September 21, 2009 | Casey Seiler
    Hosted by the RNC, former Gov. George Pataki’s post-Obama teleconference sounded awfully platform-establishing for those who think Pataki might be interested in making a run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010. Pataki began by noting that the programs and projects that President Obama came to HVCC to praise “arose out of policies we put in place beginning in the year 2000,” and noted that Obama should have emphasized that “jobs are created by the public sector.” Pataki criticized the state tax burden and said the federal government was embarked on a “massive spending binge,” rhetoric that puts check marks next...
  • Pataki ahead of Gilly in Senate poll (NY Senate seat in play)

    09/17/2009 3:58:27 PM PDT · by heiss · 14 replies · 761+ views
    NY Post ^ | September 17, 2009 | BRENDAN SCOTT
    Former Republican Gov. George Pataki has leapt ahead of Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in an hypothetical U.S. Senate match-up, according to a new poll out this morning. The statewide Marist College survey found voters would narrowly favor the three-term governor - 48 percent to 44 percent - over the freshman senator if the 2010 election were held today. That's an eight-point swing from a similar poll in July, when Pataki trailed Gillibrand 42 percent to 46 percent.
  • National Republicans want Ex-Gov. George Pataki to run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010

    05/23/2009 4:29:05 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 29 replies · 1,171+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | May 21st 2009 | Kenneth R. Bazinet & David Saltonstall
    - Ex-Gov. George Pataki is at the top of national Republicans' wish list to take on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at the polls next fall. "In New York there's sort of a short list," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who is in charge of recruiting and coordinating the GOP's Senate campaigns. "I've talked to Gov. Pataki about it, but I don't know what he will decide," Cornyn, tasked with reversing the tide of Democratic Senate victories the past two elections, told reporters over breakfast.
  • Band of centrists forming for Senate GOP in 2010

    05/07/2009 12:03:33 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 272 replies · 2,896+ views
    The Hill ^ | 05/06/09 | Aaron Blake and Reid Wilson
    For those writing Republican centrism’s obituary after Arlen Specter’s party switch, holster your quills. In fact, if the next few weeks go well for the GOP, it might pave the way for a whole new chapter in the left flank of the right-leaning party. The month of May will be huge, recruiting-wise, for Senate Republicans, with decisions expected from several big-name candidates, including Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, Rep. Mark Kirk (Ill.) and possibly Rep. Mike Castle (Del.). All would instantly be formidable — with Crist and Castle favored at the outset — and all are...
  • Critics Call WTC Tower Name Change Unpatriotic

    03/28/2009 8:29:00 AM PDT · by pillut48 · 34 replies · 1,256+ views
    NCBNewYorkNews online ^ | Sat, Mar 28, 2009
    Critics are calling it unpatriotic to abandon the "Freedom Tower" name for an iconic skyscraper rising at ground zero. Former Gov. George Pataki gave the 1,776-foot tower its name in a speech two years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. He says the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is "outrageous" for deciding to call the tower One World Trade Center.
  • Friday News Update

    02/20/2009 2:31:32 AM PST · by Impy · 22 replies · 703+ views
    Politics1 ^ | 02.20.09 | Vin Gopal
    AlSKA. After a thorough review, state officials ordered Governor Sarah Palin (R) pay her back taxes related to per diem reimbursements she claimed while staying in her home. The Washington Post first reported last September that Palin had billed the state for nearly $17,000 worth of meals and other living expenses while staying in her Wasilla home during the first 19 months in office. NEW YORK. Former Governor George Pataki (R) met with NRSC officials this week to discuss a possible run next year against newly appointed US Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D). Congressman Peter King has also met with the...
  • GOP Considers Ex-NY Gov. Pataki for Senate in 2010

    02/19/2009 3:01:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies · 904+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, February 19, 2009 | MICHAEL GORMLEY
    The head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee has approached former New York Gov. George Pataki about running for the U.S. Senate in 2010, according to a person who spoke to Pataki about the private meeting. The person confirmed Tuesday's meeting in New York City between Pataki and Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican who heads the committee. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to comment. Pataki, now in private law practice, had not accepted or rejected the idea, the person said. He would face Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who was appointed on Jan....
  • Once More, With Humor (McCain & Obama meet tonight at Al Smith dinner)

    10/16/2008 1:47:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies · 2,044+ views
    WITL ^ | October 16, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    Just a reminder that -- fresh off their tense final debate (fullvideo) -- the presidential contenders will make their last joint appearance of the campaign at tonight's Al Smith Dinner in New York. Now in its 63rd year, the white-tie barb-fest at the Waldorf-Astoria benefits Catholic Charities of the Big Apple archdiocese. Hosted by the city's archbishop -- who'll be flanked by John McCain and Barack Obama at the center of the traditional multi-tiered dais -- the event takes its name in tribute to the son of the Lower East Side tenements who rose to become the Empire State's...
  • COP BIG'S SUICIDE NOTE A BOMBSHELL (Another Suicide)

    05/17/2008 6:28:56 AM PDT · by khnyny · 36 replies · 123+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 17, 2008 | FREDRIC U. DICKER in Albany and MATTHEW NESTEL in New Windsor, NY
    A former top State Police official who killed himself left behind a detailed suicide note focusing on Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's probe of the Dirty Tricks Scandal and feared an ongoing investigation of ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer's involvement with prostitutes, The Post has learned. Recently retired State Police Inspector Gary Berwick, who hung himself in the garage of his home on Thursday, wrote a wide-ranging and sometimes rambling suicide note, sources said. The letter zeroed in on his close relationship with former acting State Police Superintendent Preston Felton, a key figure in last summer's political espionage scandal who was dumped after...
  • STATE POLICE 'SMEAR SQUAD' [NY State]

    03/31/2008 10:26:27 AM PDT · by Tirian · 21 replies · 1,044+ views
    The New York Post ^ | March 31, 2008 | Fredric U. Dicker
    March 31, 2008 ALBANY - The scandal-scarred State Police is suspected of harboring a renegade unit that for years has secretly compiled personal information on top New York officials - possibly including Gov. Paterson, The Post has learned. The governor got a whiff of the existence of such an illegal, politically directed operation after being told by several lawmakers that the State Police targeted them for unjustified traffic stops and "interfered in their personal lives," a senior Paterson aide told The Post yesterday. The explosive information - supplied to Paterson by both Democrats and Republicans - suggests that the Dirty...
  • As State Primary Nears, Pataki Is Barely Visible

    01/26/2008 7:06:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 81+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 26, 2008 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    When Gov. George E. Pataki left office last January, he was the dominant Republican politician in New York. Over three terms, he had shattered fund-raising records and had racked up double-digit victory margins in an overwhelmingly Democratic state, becoming a national political figure in the process. Mr. Pataki ruled Albany for so long that even now some swatches of state bureaucracy are still run by his political appointees. Yet as the Feb. 5 New York presidential primary draws near — a contest that Mr. Pataki once envisioned as central to his own White House ambitions — the former governor is...
  • Throw away the key

    11/13/2007 2:36:44 PM PST · by knighthawk · 13 replies · 109+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | November 13 2007
    New York appears to be abandoning a hard-line policy on parole that has served the state well for more than a decade and contributed to a historic reduction in violent crime. Parole officials have been quietly turning loose greater numbers of violent convicts - and now Gov. Spitzer is getting ready to surrender in a convicts' lawsuit that's aimed at speeding the trend. Before another murderer, kidnapper, arsonist or rapist is freed, Spitzer needs to explain to the public exactly what's going on and why. His parole chief, George Alexander, is mum. And the governor's aides refuse to discuss their...
  • Deafening Silence

    10/24/2007 2:03:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies · 78+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/24 | John Derbyshire
    Eliot Spitzer, the Governor of my state, has achieved a thing I would have though impossible: He has made me yearn for the days of George Pataki. Spitzer's latest wheeze, to give state driver licenses to illegal aliens, was actually state policy for most of Pataki's term as Governor, until Curious George changed the rules in 2003 (causing 150,000 illegals to lose their licenses). Oddly, under the pre-2003 Pataki rules, illegals could get licenses without showing a Social Security number provided they supplied documentary proof that they were ineligible for Social Security. Under Spitzer's proposed change, an illegal no longer...
  • Illegals to Get Driver's Licenses in New York(The insanity continues!)

    09/22/2007 5:36:32 AM PDT · by kellynla · 74 replies · 1,676+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | September 21, 2007 | staff
    New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is preparing to announce a new policy that will enable illegal aliens to obtain a driver's license. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles no longer will require applicants to provide Social Security numbers or proof they're eligible for Social Security cards, the New York Post and New York Sun reported. Under the new rules, valid foreign passports, previous state driver's licenses and other verifiable proofs of ID will be considered on a point-based system, according to a source who spoke to the Post. "The DMV does not believe it's in the business checking a person's...
  • Pataki: I could be happy with Giuliani or McCain

    04/05/2007 4:42:43 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 42 replies · 715+ views
    WCAX ^ | 4/5/07
    ALBANY, N.Y. Former Governor George Pataki says today that he would be "honored" to support either former Mayor Rudy Giuliani or Sen. John McCain if they win the Republican nomination. Pataki hasn't yet ruled out a possible run of his own for the White House, For his own part, Pataki says he would "continue to focus on policy" with speeches around the country. He delivered one on Iraq in January in which he was critical of the way the war has been handled. Pataki's latest comments came as he prepared to travel to New Orleans for an April 13th breakfast...
  • McCain, in New York, Gets Surprise Visit From Pataki(Luke Skywalker takes on the Empire again)

    02/28/2007 8:23:25 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 230+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 03/01/07 | JILL GARDINER
    McCain, in New York, Gets Surprise Visit From Pataki By JILL GARDINER Staff Reporter of the Sun March 1, 2007 Senator McCain's swing through New York last night, which included an appearance on the "Late Show With David Letterman" and an event with Governor Pataki at his side, seemed clearly designed to blunt the momentum of his leading Republican opponent, Mayor Giuliani. Mr. McCain — who told Mr. Letterman that he'd make his candidacy for president official in April — called Mr. Giuliani an "American hero," but said he would "campaign hard" to get the Republican Party nomination.