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  • Libertarian VP Candidate Bill Weld Still Thinks Donald Trump Can Win

    10/14/2016 7:26:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 13, 2016 | Robin Gradiso
    Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld isn't counting Donald Trump out of the running in the aftermath of last week's revelation that he made lewd comments about women in 2005. “I wouldn’t say I am confident that he is out of it," said Weld. "You can’t discount the possibility that there are a lot of people out there that don’t want to tell the pollsters that they are voting for Donald J. Trump.” When asked by ABC News Political Director Rick Klein and ABC’s Brad Mielke on ABC’s Powerhouse Politics Podcast Wednesday whether vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence would distance himself...
  • Libertarian VP candidate now focusing on preventing a Trump presidency (Naturally)

    10/05/2016 1:38:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    WCPO-TV ^ | October 5, 2016 | The Associated Press
    BOSTON — Libertarian vice presidential candidate William Weld says he plans to focus exclusively on denying Republican Donald Trump the presidency with the hope of helping rebuild the GOP after November. The former Republican governor of Massachusetts told The Boston Globe Tuesday he still supports Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, but his top priority is defeating Trump. Weld has called Trump a "huckster."(continued)
  • Libertarian VP candidate Bill Weld:

    09/30/2016 7:26:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Hot ^ | September30, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Besides Gary Johnson, he means, right? Doesn’t he? Or was Carl Bernstein right that Weld, a Massachusetts centrist, would end up defecting from the ticket and trying to help Clinton down the stretch if he got spooked that a Trump presidency is a real possibility? He’s much more complimentary of Johnson in the clip below than the headline above would suggest, as you’ll see (the key line about Hillary comes near the very end), but it’s odd nonetheless for a candidate in one party to say that no one’s more qualified than a candidate from another. It’s not the only...
  • Gary Johnson blames ‘troll army’ for rumor that running mate might quit

    09/24/2016 7:53:54 PM PDT · by kevcol · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 24, 2016 | David Weigel
    Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson has pushed back on a rumor that his running mate will quit to prevent a Republican victory in November, telling an audience in Texas that it was best described by an unprintable word. "Occasionally you get a question that is just so out of left field that I answered it with: Bull----," Johnson said at the annual Texas Tribune Festival. Friends of William Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts whose ticket has given boosts in fundraising and gravitas, have said for days that Donald Trump's recovery in the polls had given him second thoughts about...
  • Libertarian VP Candidate William F. Weld Continues to be Anti-Gun

    09/01/2016 10:50:18 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 42 replies
    National Rifle Association ^ | August 26, 2016 | NRA-ILA
    As governor of Massachusetts, William Weld supported various gun control schemes, including a ban on semi-automatic firearms. Unfortunately, and despite being the Libertarian candidate for vice president, Weld continues his anti-gun ways. In July 2016, while NRA and other groups concerned with civil liberties were hard at work fighting legislation that would have stripped Americans of their Second Amendment rights without due process based merely on their placement on a secret government watch list, Weld expressed support for such measures. In an interview with the Washington Post Editorial Board, Weld said of watch list gun control legislation: I think the...
  • Mitt Romney is thinking about endorsing Gary Johnson and Bill Weld

    07/28/2016 2:18:20 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 82 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 28, 2016 | Nik DeCosta-Klipa
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is thinking about supporting the Libertarian presidential ticket this year. Well, at least, that’s what the Libertarian ticket says. In a interview Thursday afternoon with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, former Govs. Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, of New Mexico and Massachusetts, respectively, said they have had spoken with Romney and he was “considering the possibility” of endorsing the two of them.
  • Libertarian ‘dream ticket’ in peril as Weld bombs in Orlando

    05/27/2016 8:55:44 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 56 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 05/27/2016 | Shane Goldmacher
    ORLANDO, Fla. — It was supposed to be a stroke of genius: Gary Johnson, the 2012 Libertarian nominee for president and the party’s leading contender in 2016, announced that William Weld, the two-term former Republican governor of Massachusetts, would serve as his running mate. The idea was clear and appealing. The pair would comprise a powerful two-governor ticket just as the leading Democratic and Republican contenders, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, rate as historically unpopular. The hope was they could emerge as a true third-party alternative. But here in the corridors of the Rosen Centre Hotel and Resort at the...
  • David Koch Pledges Millions To Gary Johnson’s Presidential Bid

    05/19/2016 10:20:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 19, 2016 | Drew Johnson
    Billionaire businessman and philanthropist David Koch has pledged “tens of millions of dollars” to help bankroll the campaign of Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, according to a source within Johnson’s campaign. Koch’s money will be made available should Johnson, a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, secure his second consecutive Libertarian Party presidential nomination, the source said. The Libertarians will select their presidential ticket during the party’s national convention later this month in Orlando.
  • Report: David Koch Pledges Millions to Fund Spoiler Third Party Run

    05/19/2016 1:02:02 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 38 replies ^ | 19 May 2016 | Katie McHugh
    Billionaire David Koch will bankroll Libertarian candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson’s third party presidential run with tens of millions of dollars, according to a report. The eight-figure sum may help Johnson win the Libertarian Party nomination and break into the mainstream. Johnson also ran for president in 2012 as a third party candidate and won some 1.275 millon votes, 0.99 percent of the popular vote. Libertarian candidates may have cost the GOP several congressional race victories that year. (David Koch himself was the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nominee in 1980 when he and Ed Clark set the...
  • Cashed out: Koch brothers sit on wallets in '16 (Deny funding Libertarian)

    05/20/2016 8:13:18 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 10 replies
    AOL News ^ | 05/20/16 | Gabrielle Levy
    David and Charles Koch, the wealthy brothers whose donor network has given hundreds of millions to Republican causes and candidates in the past, aren't going to pour cash into the third-party bid of Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson – and reportedly won't spend a dime on GOP candidates in 2016. A spokesman for the Kochs on Thursday contradicted a report by The Daily Caller – citing a source within the Johnson campaign – that they planned to spend "tens of millions of dollars" to support Johnson, who is all but assured to win the Libertarian presidential nomination.
  • Libertarian Party Candidate Gary Johnson Chooses Former Mass. Gov. Bill Weld as His VP

    05/19/2016 3:05:01 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 23 replies
    NBC ^ | May 18 2016 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson has agreed to join forces with former Massachusetts Governor William Weld for the Libertarian Party's nomination. Weld will run for the party's vice presidential slot, possibly bolstering the third party's appeal to general election voters. Weld was a popular governor in the 1990s with crossover appeal and could boost the legitimacy of a third-party option for voters disgruntled by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. "It brings an enormous amount of credibility to what it is I'm doing," Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, said in a statement....
  • Rebellious Colorado counties move forward with plans to secede

    06/25/2013 12:53:14 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 41 replies ^ | 6-25-2103 | Greg Campbell
    Representatives of 10 rural Colorado counties met Monday in the sleepy plains town of Akron, about a half an hour from the Kansas border, to advance a plan that has been both hailed and ridiculed in recent weeks: A bid to split from Colorado and form the country’s 51st state. Eye-rolling critics have dubbed the state-to-be “Weldistan,” after the county leading the charge and alluding to the heavily conservative values of the northeast region considering secession. Proponents have called it an inevitable result of what they say is a loss of representation in Denver, where Democrats have controlled state government...
  • Eight Colorado counties want to leave the state

    06/07/2013 12:24:45 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 24 replies ^ | 6-7-2013 | Greg Campbell
    As a sign of just how divisive the recently ended Colorado legislative session has been, it may very well result in a literal division of the state. As many as eight counties composing the rural, oil and gas-rich northeast corner of the state are pursuing a plan to cut ties with a capital city they no longer feel represents their interests and come together as the 51st state in the country: North Colorado. “We’re actually going to pursue it,” said Weld County Commissioner Douglas Rademacher, a farmer whose jurisdiction is spearheading the effort. “Frankly, we’ve been ignored in northeastern Colorado...
  • Weld officials investigating Abound Solar officials (3 criminal charges being investigated)

    10/26/2012 8:36:51 AM PDT · by catnipman · 4 replies
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | 10/25/2012 | Tony Kindelspire
    LONGMONT -- The Weld County District Attorney's office confirmed Thursday that it has launched a criminal investigation into officials at bankrupt Abound Solar, whose manufacturing facility was located along the Interstate 25 Frontage Road but had a Longmont address. ... In the statement, he said his office is "looking into possible instances of securities fraud based on allegations that officials at Abound Solar knew products the company was selling were defective, and then asked investors to invest in the company without telling them about the defective products." ... Abound had used $70.9 million of the DOE's $400 million loan guarantee...
  • Historic weld links Central Corridor, Hiawatha LRT line

    09/06/2012 3:15:48 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    KARE 11 ^ | 9-3-12 | KARE11
    "This weld is our own version of the golden spike for the transcontinental railroad as it connects the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis," Fuhrmann said. "By connecting Central Corridor Green Line with the Hiawatha Blue Line, we will expand environmentally friendly, affordable transit options for residents of St. Paul, Minneapolis and the region."
  • For underdog Scott Brown, all’s Weld that ends Weld

    01/08/2010 11:41:07 AM PST · by Bluestateredman · 97 replies · 2,753+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 1/8/2010 | By Margery Eagan
    For underdog Scott Brown, all’s Weld that ends Weld Margery Eagan By Margery Eagan Thursday, January 7, 2010 - Updated 22h ago State Sen. Scott Brown has seen his chance to beat front-runner Martha Coakley. It’s moving left. A poll this week put him ahead of Coakley 65 to 21 among the state’s largest voting bloc - the unenrolled. Independents elected what few Republicans have won statewide here: Bill Weld, Paul Cellucci, Mitt Romney, before his presidential flip-flops. Yesterday morning I would have called Scott Brown a social conservative. By the time he finished an hour with Herald editors yesterday...
  • As Joe Kennedy considers run, Chávez ties loom

    09/06/2009 4:21:57 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 26 replies · 1,380+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 09/06/09 | Michael Rezendes and Noah Bierman
    Firm relies on Venezuela oil As Joseph P. Kennedy II contemplates a race to reclaim the Senate seat held by his family for nearly half a century, his most formidable obstacle may not be a Massachusetts politician but a political leader some 2,000 miles away: President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. Over the past four years, Citizens Energy Corp., the signature nonprofit founded by Kennedy in 1979 as a political launching pad, has grown from a local charity serving 10,000 Massachusetts homes a year into a national effort delivering free fuel to 200,000 households in 23 states. And Kennedy, a former...
  • Weld inspector’s lies may affect 9 [Navy] ships

    06/02/2009 5:35:50 AM PDT · by pabianice · 19 replies · 1,240+ views
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  • Tom Finneran gets help from former governors in pardon bid

    01/09/2009 3:02:41 PM PST · by ninonitti · 6 replies · 300+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Friday, January 9, 2009 | AP
    BOSTON — Former Massachusetts House Speaker Thomas Finneran has enlisted the help of four former governors in his bid to get a pardon from President Bush on an obstruction of justice conviction. The Boston Globe reports Friday that Finneran submitted an application for a presidential pardon last month. The four governors — Democrat Michael Dukakis and Republicans William Weld, Paul Cellucci, and Jane Swift — followed with a letter of support. In the letter, obtained by the newspaper, the governors says Finneran has been severely punished and has "learned the error of the episode." Finneran, currently a radio talk show...
  • Former governor William Weld (RINO-MA) throws support behind Barack Obama

    10/25/2008 9:12:26 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 45 replies · 745+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | October 25, 2008
    Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president yesterday, citing Obama’s “deep sense of calm” and “first-class political temperament.” Weld, a Republican, said he has never endorsed a Democrat for president before, but in the last six weeks or so, it became “close to a no-brainer.” Obama has a history of bringing Democrats, Republicans and independents together and is the best choice at a time when America’s standing in the world is at a low point, he said. “It’s not often you get a guy with his combination of qualities, chief among which I would say is...
  • Republican former Mass. governor endorses Obama (William Weld)

    10/24/2008 6:28:01 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 58 replies · 960+ views
    Kansas City ^ | 10/24/08
    Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, a Republican, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president on Friday
  • Former Gov. William Weld to endorse Barack Obama

    10/24/2008 4:06:41 AM PDT · by billorites · 103 replies · 1,472+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | October 24, 2008
    Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, a Republican, is endorsing Democrat Barack Obama for president, citing the senator’s steady leadership, good judgment and ability to unify Democrats, Republicans and independents. "Senator Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who will transform our politics and restore America’s standing in the world," Weld said in a statement released Friday. "We need a president who will lead based on our common values and Senator Obama demonstrates an ability to unite and inspire. "Throughout this campaign I’ve watched his steady leadership through trying times and I’m confident he is the best candidate to move our country forward,"...
  • Mitt miss dismissed( Mass to Mitt, Adios )

    01/31/2008 2:49:42 PM PST · by Leisler · 50 replies · 90+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | January 31, 2008 | Jessica Van Sack
    Former Gov. William F. Weld says fellow Republican Mitt Romney can withstand a hometown snub by Bay State voters in presidential balloting next week by simply dismissing the diss as little more than moonbat mania. “I think people understand when you’re a red governor in a blue state that you have to work with the Democrats, which I think is a good thing,” said Weld, who was governor from 1991 to 1997. Asked whether his State House successor has to win Massachusetts in his bid for the presidency, Weld, a Romney backer, said, “Not in my view.” In fact, the...
  • Weld Drops Out of N.Y. Governor's Race

    06/06/2006 3:47:57 PM PDT · by no dems · 6 replies · 261+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6-6-06 | Michael Gormley
    By MICHAEL GORMLEY ALBANY, N.Y. Jun 6, 2006 (AP)— Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld dropped out of the race for governor of New York on Tuesday, averting a potentially bruising and expensive primary for the Republican nomination. "I do think there's a time to look beyond your aspirations for the bigger picture," Weld said. "This is not a time for a contested primary." The move came days after the state GOP establishment threw its support to Weld's rival, former state Assembly Minority Leader John Faso. If Weld had stayed in the race, he would have faced Faso in a primary...
  • William Weld to Drop Out of N.Y. Gov. Race

    06/06/2006 7:15:19 AM PDT · by kellynla · 27 replies · 695+ views ^ | June 6, 2006 | staff
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- With support for a run eroding, Republican Bill Weld will drop out of the race for New York governor, according to two sources informed of the decision. The former Massachusetts governor ended his effort to be the first man since Sam Houston to be the governor of two states after he was defeated last week in a quest for the party designation against John Faso, the former Assembly minority leader. Weld decided Tuesday morning to drop out, said the two sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Weld wanted to make the announcement publicly himself. Weld...
  • Delegates snub Weld in N.Y. race for governor

    06/02/2006 7:01:28 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 19 replies · 440+ views
    AP via ^ | June 2, 2006 | Michael Gormley
    --But he earns a spot on primary ballot-- HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- New York Republican delegates designated John Faso yesterday as their candidate for governor, but the race that has divided party leaders will go to a September primary because former Massachusetts governor William F. Weld landed enough support to earn a spot on the ballot. Faso received 61.2 percent of the weighted vote to become the party's state convention designee after attempts to avoid a primary and unite the ticket failed. The talks, which included outgoing Governor George Pataki, lasted into early yesterday, state Republican leaders said. Former Massachusetts governor...
  • GOP Crossroads: N.Y. Party's Puzzle

    05/31/2006 10:27:58 AM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 15 replies · 310+ views
    New York Post ^ | May, 30, 2006 | Charles E. F. Millard
    The Republican Party in this state has a big decision to make: Is it Republican or is it Democrat? The party faces this crossroads up and down the ballot, and all across the state - but an anecdote from the battle for the gubernatorial nomination between former Assembly Minority leader John Faso and onetime Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld really brings it home. Earlier this month, Bill DeProspo, a Weld supporter and the GOP chairman of Orange County, sent a long letter attacking Faso for once voting against a comparable-worth bill - and complaining that this (along with other votes) shows...
  • [William] Weld's Hopes Waning: Lacks GOP Majority

    05/30/2006 5:21:12 AM PDT · by statestreet · 1 replies · 238+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 29, 2006 | Fred Dicker
    May 29, 2006 -- TOP backers of former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld's bid for the Republican nomination for governor are increasingly pessimistic about his chances of defeating John Faso, The Post has learned. One prominent Weld backer conceded yesterday that the once-front-running candidate has yet to line up the 51 percent of the vote he'll need to emerge from this week's GOP convention as the party's official choice for governor.
  • Faso / Weld /RINO:Worthless Economics

    05/25/2006 10:50:13 AM PDT · by llevrok · 6 replies · 299+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 25 May 2006
    For more evidence that the New York Republican Party has lost its way, look no further than the party's recent treatment of John Faso, a former state legislator now running for Governor. Mr. Faso spent 16 years in the state assembly casting principled low-tax, small-government votes in the best Reagan tradition. But today that record is being distorted to paint him as some kind of extremist. And the criticism isn't coming from the left but from the Empire State GOP establishment.
  • Republicans Hope to Block a Candidate (RINOs want to stop NY Conservative John Faso)

    05/18/2006 5:37:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 553+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 18, 2006 | PATRICK HEALY and JENNIFER MEDINA
    Prominent New York Republicans took steps yesterday to derail John Faso's bid for the party nomination for governor by assailing him as an extremist conservative who would drag down the entire Republican slate in the November elections. The onslaught against Mr. Faso, a former assemblyman, could help prepare the way for a major development, several New York Republicans said: Gov. George E. Pataki's endorsement of another candidate, William F. Weld. These Republicans, who are close to Mr. Pataki, said he would like to endorse Mr. Weld but could do so only if Mr. Faso was seen by Republican voters as...
  • Hints of Truth-Stretching in Weld-D'Amato Feud

    04/18/2006 12:24:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 439+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 18, 2006 | SEWELL CHAN and SAM ROBERTS
    Last month, William F. Weld, a candidate for governor of New York, set state Republican politics astir by telling of an encounter with Senator Alfonse M. D'Amato that cast his fellow Republican in a bad light and offered an explanation for their simmering feud. Mr. Weld said that in 1996, when he was governor of Massachusetts and running for the Senate, he received a $750,000 check from Mr. D'Amato that was delivered with an expletive-filled warning. Mr. D'Amato vigorously denied the encounter, calling it "a bunch of baloney" and asserting that he had never even spoken to Mr. Weld in...
  • Daniels Plans to Drop Out of Governor's Race

    04/09/2006 3:25:37 PM PDT · by Patriot814 · 3 replies · 205+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 8, 2006 | Patrick Healy
    The Republican race for governor of New York is set for a shake-up on Monday with one of the three candidates, Randy A. Daniels, planning to drop out and throw his conservative and upstate political coalition to a rival, John Faso, both men said today.
  • Daniels Plans to Drop Out of Governor's Race

    04/08/2006 10:44:48 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 490+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 8, 2006 | PATRICK HEALY
    The Republican race for governor of New York is set for a shake-up on Monday with one of the three candidates, Randy A. Daniels, planning to drop out and throw his conservative and upstate political coalition to a rival, John Faso, both men said today. Mr. Daniels, a former New York secretary of state, said that he will endorse Mr. Faso at a campaign event in Albany on Monday morning, and that he expected at least some of his allies to attend and switch sides to Mr. Faso as well. Both men said in separate interviews that no deals were...
  • Weld hopes to capture Libertarian Party line(Libertarian is not a bad word in my lexicon)

    04/07/2006 5:20:28 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 31 replies · 649+ views ^ | 4 7 06 | JOE MAHONEY
    ALBANY - GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bill Weld is sailing into uncharted waters in New York Republican politics: He's making a major run to line up the backing of the tiny Libertarian Party. Weld confirmed to the Daily News last night that he would "definitely be interested" in winning the Libertarian line "'Libertarian' is not a bad word in my lexicon," he said, noting one of his favorite expressions is: "I want the government out of your pocketbook and out of your bedroom." Asked about the party's opposition to the war on drugs, Weld said he'd back medical marijuana, but added,...
  • D'Amato and Weld Locked in G.O.P. Feud

    03/23/2006 10:13:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 681+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 24, 2006 | SEWELL CHAN and SAM ROBERTS
    For the last few months, William F. Weld's bid to become governor of New York has had a sharp thorn in its side: the outspoken opposition of the onetime kingmaker of state Republican politics, former Senator Alfonse M. D'Amato, who has said that Mr. Weld is "without any real experience" in New York. Yesterday, Mr. Weld struck back in force, telling how their feud dated at least to a 1996 encounter in which Mr. D'Amato gave him $750,000 in donations for his Senate campaign that year against John Kerry of Massachusetts. The donations, according to Mr. Weld, came with an...
  • When ‘American Idol,’ idle election collide (Mass. gov.)

    03/03/2006 1:24:49 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 2 replies · 213+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 03/03/06 | Howie Carr
    This governor’s race is turning into the political version of “American Idol.” There are differences, of course - the interest level, for starters. A lot of people actually care who wins “American Idol.” And in the local version, the contestants don’t parlay their victory into millions of dollars. In the Beacon Hill version, you pay millions of dollars, and maybe you win. Our first contestant this morning is Lt. Gov. Kerry “Muffy” Healey. She’s all bent out of shape that Christy Mihos has decided to run as an independent. Apparently, Muffy hasn’t figured out she’s got a much bigger problem...
  • Manning Talks Big But Can Look Small

    02/20/2006 1:31:23 PM PST · by Do not dub me shapka broham · 19 replies · 773+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | February 20, 2006 | E.J. Kessler
    Patrick Manning is what New Yorkers, in an earlier era, used to call a “big palooka.” With his 6-foot, 11-inch frame stretched out over the chair of a midtown restaurant, the 40-year-old Dutchess County Assemblyman—a contender for the Republican gubernatorial nod—is one huge, handsome hunk of horseflesh, a real thrill for a handicapper in high heels, such as this columnist. What’s more, he displays an outsized ambition and a disposition that matches his height. Mr. Manning makes much of his stature: He advertises himself as “the tallest elected official in the country” and named his reform effort “Stand Tall New...
  • D'Amato takes aim at gov hopeful Weld

    01/14/2006 11:17:42 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 535+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | January 4, 2006 | Joe Mahoney
    GOP Gubernatorial hopeful Bill Weld came under a blistering attack last night from ex-Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, who argued the former Massachusetts governor has "a lot of explaining to do" about a simmering scandal at a Kentucky school. D'Amato went after Weld in an interview on the cable news station New York 1, saying, "he wouldn't be my choice at all" in New York's Republican gubernatorial primary this year. D'Amato conceded that part of his dislike for Weld stemmed from the prosecution of his brother Armand by the federal Justice Department, for which Weld had been a top official before getting...
  • Liar! 'Threat' Target Lashes Out At 'Liar' Spitzer's Denial

    12/31/2005 5:31:28 PM PST · by John Jorsett · 25 replies · 923+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 31, 2005
    Ground Zero bigshot John Whitehead, who has charged that he was threatened by state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, broke a week of silence last night and angrily denounced Spitzer as a liar. Interviewed by The Post outside his Manhattan offices, Whitehead ripped Spitzer after learning the attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor had publicly insisted earlier in the day that he never made any such threats. "He said every word of it," Whitehead, chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., firmly told The Post last night. "I'm angry that he is denying that he said it, because he knows...
  • Republican: Trump May Run for N.Y. Gov.

    01/01/2006 5:39:34 AM PST · by sittnick · 54 replies · 938+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/31/2005 | The Associated Press
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- Donald Trump is considering running for governor, a leading Republican said Friday. Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno on Thursday suggested that a big-name candidate could be flirting with entering the 2006 contest. On Friday, he confirmed to News Channel 10 in Albany that he had been referring to Trump. Bruno told the station he had spoken to the real estate developer and TV personality about a possible run. Trump's office in New York had no immediate comment. State GOP Executive Director Ryan Moses said neither he nor state party Chairman Stephen Minarik have had discussions with Trump...
  • Bill Weld Lives? (New York's transit strike could revive a flagging candidacy.)

    12/21/2005 9:45:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies · 720+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 12/22/2005 | W. James Antle III
    Veteran Weld-watchers may have noticed a brief flicker of the old Bill Weld yesterday as he came out swinging against the striking New York transit workers. Does Big Red still have enough of the fire that won him the Massachusetts governorship in 1990 to make a difference in New York in 2006? In an interview with the New York Sun, Weld challenged Democratic front-runner Eliot Spitzer to get tough on the strikers. "If he were governor, I don't think he would be as aggressive as I would be," said the Bay State turned Empire State Republican. "Mr. Spitzer should be...
  • Weld Challenges Spitzer To Take a Stand on Transit Strike

    12/21/2005 12:16:29 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 17 replies · 587+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 12/21/05
    A top Republican contender for governor in 2006, William Weld, challenged Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the Democratic front-runner, to take a stand in the transit strike.Firing one of the first salvos in the early stages of the gubernatorial race, Mr. Weld said that if he were governor, he would deal more harshly with the city's transit union, which brought public transportation to a halt yesterday with its first strike in a quarter century.A governor of Massachusetts in the 1990s and a Manhattan resident, the lanky Yankee said he would fire union leaders and questioned whether Mr. Spitzer as governor would...
  • Weld's Rivals See Opportunity in Failure of a College He Ran

    12/19/2005 7:12:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 441+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 19, 2005 | MIKE McINTIRE
    New details that emerged yesterday about William F. Weld's tenure at a small Kentucky college, which collapsed in a financial scandal two months ago, threatened to push the issue closer to the forefront of his campaign for governor of New York. Several of his opponents, Republicans and Democrats alike, seized on the revelations to either raise questions about Mr. Weld's managerial competence or warn that the federal investigation of possible student loan fraud at the school, Decker College, would hobble his chances of winning the Republican nomination in 2006. "If Bill Weld becomes the nominee, he will be on the...
  • Ghosts of a Shuttered College Follow [NY Repub. Governor Candidate] Weld

    12/18/2005 12:45:59 PM PST · by jude24 · 16 replies · 411+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 12/18/2005 | Sam Dillon
    Truckloads of files were taken away from the Decker College campus in Louisville in October under the supervision of federal government agents. But in his first weeks at the for-profit school, Mr. Urquilla says, he found employees falsifying student attendance records, instructors helping students to cheat and recruiters arranging federal loans for students who could not read. Mr. Urquilla said he was fired after he complained to superiors. Months later, William F. Weld, then Decker's chief executive officer, who is now seeking the Republican nomination for governor of New York, signed a severance agreement with Mr. Urquilla. Its terms required...
  • (NY) GOP too fractured to agree on races

    12/09/2005 9:16:52 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 6 replies · 381+ views
    The Auburn NY Citizen Copyright © 2005 ^ | Friday, December 9, 2005 10:23 AM EST | By Guy Cosentino
    The controversy over the meeting of the county chairmen of the state Republican Party next week is just another sign of a party that is divided and dysfunctional - with five important statewide races at stake less than a year away. Next year may be the clearest shot that the state's Democrats will have at a clean sweep of state offices in decades. It also should have the GOP members concerned about what hits they may take in both the Assembly and state Senate. The county chairmen are meeting in hopes of finding a consensus on candidates who are viable...
  • State GOP Smackdown! (With Pataki’s reign nigh, NY Republican party seems to be at war with itself)

    12/08/2005 10:05:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 360+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | December 12 | Greg Sargent
    With the end of Pataki’s reign nigh, the New York State Republican party seems to be at war with itself. A handy guide to who’s stabbing whom in the back, and why.Pataki’s Inner CircleState GOP Chair Stephen Minarik Current Play: Hanging on as party supremo. Boosting: Socially liberal candidates Pirro and Weld. Undermining: Conservative Party honcho Mike Long and his power over the GOP. Strategy: Strong-arming county chairmen into supporting his duo. Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld Current Play: Hoping his blue-blood charm will out-affable Spitzer to win governorship. Boosting: Minarik, his prime sponsor. Strategy: Pushing for Minarik-engineered “straw poll”...
  • (NY) GOP Contemplates Candidates (for Governor)

    11/07/2005 9:34:40 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 5 replies · 280+ views
    Copyright © 2005 Time Warner Cable. All Rights Reserved ^ | Published Nov 06, 2005 | by Anthony Pascale and J. Mendoza
    The Republican Party will announce a candidate for governor by the first of the year. Republican Chair Steven Minarik is supporting former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld. Rochester billionaire Tom Golisano is considering a fourth run for governor. Golisano recently switched from the Independence Party to the Republican Party drawing speculation that he would seek the nomination. Minarik questions whether Golisano is the right candidate for the party. “There are things that stand in the way. We have to get by the past with regard to races. I just don't know how that's going to happen. We have to have a...
  • After probe, all's weld on Bay Bridge

    10/21/2005 8:35:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 287+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 10/21/5 | Mike Adamick
    The FBI has closed an eight-month probe into allegations that the new $6.3 billion Bay Bridge rests on faulty support piles -- an investigation that stalled construction on some parts of the bridge and cast a shadow over the state's largest ever seismic safety project. "For all intents and purposes, the case is closed," said LaRae Quy, spokeswoman for the FBI's San Francisco office. "We did not have the forensic evidence to prove the allegations." The inquiry began in February when an unnamed bridge worker called the FBI's public corruption hotline to claim that the bridge's contractor -- a joint...
  • The case for William Weld

    10/09/2005 11:10:56 PM PDT · by qlangley · 3 replies · 169+ views ^ | 23 September 2005 | Quentin Langley
    If it is, as I argued here critically important that New Yorkers reject Eliot Spitzer in next year’s gubernatorial election, then it is equally critical that Republicans find a credible and electable candidate. While some Republicans fantasize about a Giuliani candidacy – and about Colin Powell contesting Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat – these are both unlikely. Opinion polls suggest Giuliani would beat Spitzer while no other Republican would, but he is planning to run for the Presidency in 2008 and will not waste time on a shot at the governor’s mansion two years beforehand. Governor Pataki has ruled out seeking...
  • Weld, Spitzer square off in [NY] governor's race

    09/04/2005 8:25:54 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 16 replies · 357+ views
    ap via ^ | September 1, 2005 | By Michael Gormley
    Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld drew first blood Thursday against 2006 governor's race front-runner Eliot Spitzer, claiming the Democrat's public persona is based on the power of intimidation... Spitzer "has a marvelous public persona right now, based 100 percent on terror power, the power of ruination," said Weld, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in New York.