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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

My God is the NYGOP stupid

Hi, my name is Rick Lazio I mean John Faso

G.O.P. Chief in N.Y. Urges Weld to Quit Governor's Race

Published: June 5, 2006

William F. Weld suffered another setback in his campaign for governor of New York today, losing the support of the chairman of the state Republican Party, Stephen J. Minarik III, who called on Mr. Weld to quit the race in the interest of party unity.

William F. Weld, the former Massachusetts governor, chatted with delegates after his loss to John Faso at the N.Y. Republican convention. He earned enough support to be on the primary ballot on Sept 12.

Mr. Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts, met with his advisers in Manhattan this afternoon to discuss whether to stay in the race, according to two Republicans with knowledge of the meeting. One adviser said that Mr. Weld was leaning toward dropping out and supporting his rival, John Faso, but that a final decision was not ready to be announced.

Mr. Minarik said in an interview that he spoke with Mr. Weld on Sunday about leaving the race. Asked for the candidate's reaction, Mr. Minarik said: "The best way to describe it is he's taking it under consideration."

"I think Bill is a straightforward guy, and he understands that the party is bigger than one person," Mr. Minarik said. "I hope Bill will work with us on the best way to move forward and have the best chance to beat Eliot Spitzer," who is the likely Democratic nominee for governor.

After Mr. Minarik made his announcement, a national committeeman who was a prominent Weld supporter, Alexander (Sandy) Treadwell, announced that he was abandoning Mr. Weld for Mr. Faso. Mr. Treadwell had said on Friday that he was sticking with Mr. Weld. But in a statement this afternoon, he said he now believes a primary contest would be "a divisive distraction that would expend valuable resources, time and energy."

Two advisers to Mr. Weld said early in the day that he had no plans to drop out. "Bill Weld has come from behind and won before," said one of the advisers, Stuart Stevens, referring to his upset victory in his first Massachusetts race in 1990.

Mr. Weld has already qualified to be on the Sept. 12 primary ballot for the Republican nomination, yet he suffered a blow last Thursday when he lost the backing of the party's convention to Mr. Faso by a 22-point margin.

Yet other Republicans, including two allies of Gov. George E. Pataki, said that Mr. Weld might not be able to withstand the pressure. In Massachusetts 16 years ago, Mr. Weld was a known quantity as a federal prosecutor, and he faced weaker opponents than either Mr. Faso or Mr. Spitzer. Many voters there had grown tired of the Democrats, who at that time controlled all of state government; the governor was Michael S. Dukakis.

"How does Bill Weld recover when he's lost the convention and the grassroots to Faso, he's lost the support of Minarik, and he's barely known among most Republicans?" said one Republican Party official, who said that this concern was shared by Mr. Pataki. The official agreed to speak about the matter only if granted anonymity.

Mr. Minarik said that he and the governor spoke on Sunday, and Mr. Pataki gave his blessing to a call for Mr. Weld to drop out. While Mr. Minarik said the idea did not originate with Mr. Pataki, "somehow I think I wouldn't be out here saying this to Weld if the governor was not on board."

Though Mr. Weld had the tacit backing of Mr. Pataki before the convention, relations between the two men have cooled in the last two weeks. The Pataki camp became frustrated that Mr. Weld was apparently not working hard enough to win support from the roughly 450 convention delegates; Mr. Weld ended up winning 39 percent of the convention vote, while Mr. Faso took 61 percent.

Mr. Minarik, who at times has disparaged Mr. Faso, once describing him as someone from "la-la land," said he spoke with Mr. Faso today about his plan to push Mr. Weld out of the race.

Under the picture of fucking idiot, Stephen Minarik's picture should be up. Faso started his campaign with a barely hidden slur against the city, and his conservatism is going to play poorly with New York voters. He's a hard right guy and Pataki won by downplaying that.

Weld would have run a better race, but the NYGOP, at the height of New York's utter disgust with conservatism, in a week where the Bush Administration has shorted New York out of millions of securities dollars, with Mike Bloomberg about to jump ship, they pick the one guy guaranteed to lose New York City and most of downstate New York.

Why? Because Minarik is a fucking idiot. I think Randy Daniels was probably their best shot to give Spitzer fits, and they just ignored him like they do all black Republicans, and no one was going to give him money to run. Daniels, being a moderate with some respect in the Harlem community, would have lost, but he could have fought Spitzer.

If I ran the Spitzer campaign, I'd talk about Faso being part of the past and tie him to Bush like a mobster to a cement block. And his pro-life stand in virulently pro-choice New York doom him. There hasn't been a pro-life statewide candidate since Al D'Amato and he lost in a landslide.

With obviously pro-choice Senators and Spitzer, who unlike Clinton, is a liberal who takes liberal stands, Faso could find abortion an albatross around his neck, along with his anti-tax rhetoric, which is so shop worn.

posted by Steve @ 12:40:00 AM

12:40:00 AM

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