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Thursday, May 18, 2006

The NYGOP stumbles again


Republicans Hope to Block a Candidate

Published: May 18, 2006

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 an out-of-touch extremist who would not win enough support from moderates and women to beat the likely Democratic nominee for governor, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. These Republicans were granted anonymity to disclose political strategy that they were not authorized to discuss publicly.

"While the governor thinks John has been an outstanding candidate, he has significant concerns about his voting record and the ability to raise the funds to overcome it," a Republican close to the governor said. But, this Republican cautioned, "It is incumbent upon the Weld campaign to talk to party leaders throughout the state."

The attacks on Mr. Faso's conservative record have been unfolding for days now, at the same time as his campaign has picked up steam with important endorsements and a rise in the polls. Those attacks intensified yesterday when Republicans released a letter from William L. DeProspo, the party chairman in Orange County, to other Republican leaders criticizing Mr. Faso's voting record in the Assembly.

Republicans said that if the attacks on Mr. Faso succeeded, Mr. Pataki might announce in the coming days that he was urging voters to support Mr. Weld for governor and, perhaps, Mr. Faso as his running mate.

Joseph L. Bruno, the majority leader in the Senate, said yesterday that he wanted both Mr. Weld and Mr. Faso on the ticket in November, an idea advanced by other Republicans eager to present a united front. Mr. Bruno sidestepped a question about which one he preferred as the candidate for governor.

"I think that what they'd have to do is flip a coin, and I would be happy to flip it for them," Mr. Bruno said. When asked which way he hoped the coin would land, he said, "I would hope that it would stay on its edge."
Faso is running to the right and it isn't viable. However, Weld was governor of Massachusetts. Imagine the commercials you could run, showing Weld at Red Sox, Celtics and Patriot games. That would do it. Show Spitzer and then Weld as a Red Sox fan and people will get the hint.

What happened to the NYGOP. There are rumors that the head of the state GOP quit.

The only question is if the State Senate will go Dem as well. It's one thing to move to New York and start your political career, another well, to be deeply tied to Boston and then try to move to Albany.

posted by Steve @ 11:24:00 AM

11:24:00 AM

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