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NYP – GOPers to Lazio: Aim for Kirsten, not Cuomo

January 12, 2010

Times are getting tough for the Lazio campaign, Fred Dicker reported earlier for the Post:

Key Republicans, in cluding former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, are urging Rick Lazio to drop his long-shot bid for governor and challenge embattled — and vulnerable — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, The Post has learned.

D’Amato, who once worked closely with Lazio during his tenure as a Long Island congressman, told Lazio in a face-to-face meeting late last month that “you can’t win for governor, but you can beat Gillibrand.”

“He told Lazio that [Attorney General Andrew] Cuomo is going to be the Democratic nominee for governor and that if he finally wants to have a chance of winning a statewide election, he should run against Gillibrand,” said a source familiar with the discussion.

“Alfonse also told Lazio that he would support him for the Senate — even though he has ties to Gillibrand — but couldn’t support him for governor,” the source continued.

D’Amato, an influential lobbyist and friend of Gillibrand’s father, longtime Albany Democratic lobbyist-operative Douglas Rutnik, raised eyebrows last year when he hosted a fund-raising event for Cuomo.

State GOP Chairman Ed Cox, who favors Erie County Executive Chris Collins for governor, has also signaled Lazio that his best chance of winning statewide office is to take on Gillibrand.

“Senate is where Ed thinks Rick should go,” said a GOP insider.

Lazio, who lost to former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2000 Senate race, has insisted he’s only interested in running for governor.

GOP insiders, meanwhile, predicted that Rep. Peter King of Nassau County, would again decide not to make the race, although he claims he’s rethinking his initial opposition.

“Pete’s too comfortable where he is,” said a King associate.

Several GOP leaders also discounted a possible run against Gillibrand by former Staten Island Rep. Susan Molinari, attributing a recent flurry of speculation that she would enter the contest to promotional efforts by her father, former Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinari.


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  1. January 12, 2010 8:15 am

    I found this to be interesting. Sara Palin joins Fox.

  2. Cicero permalink
    January 12, 2010 10:29 am

    Book ‘Game Change’ portrays Sarah Palin as unstable ignoramus who believed Saddam was behind 9/11

  3. Young Republican permalink
    January 13, 2010 1:02 am

    Got this in an email from the BYRC

    Meet the Republican Governor Candidates
    Hosted by the Brooklyn Republican Party
    Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street, 6:30 PM

    The two Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for Governor will appear before the Executive Committee of the Brooklyn Republican Party, and the public is invited to attend.

    Former Congressman Rick Lazio and County Executive Chris Collins will speak at 6:30 and 7:00 on Wednesday, January 13 at the Bay Ridge Manor, located at 476 76th Street, off 5th Avenue, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

    County Chairman Craig Eaton said, “We’re delighted to have two such fine candidates interested in our Party’s nomination. I invite all interested voters to join us and hear their plans for New York State’s future.”

    And remember, the R in Republican stands for Reform!

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