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Daily Politics: GOP Losing Love For Lazio?

March 6, 2010

Elizabeth Benjamin from The Daily Politics blog had this posted:

Republican leaders who doubt Rick Lazio’s ability to beat likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Andrew Cuomo this fall are conspiring to bump the former Long Island congressman from the ballot, sources familiar with the plan confirm.

The party’s nine regional vice chairs invited another potential candidate for governor, Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, to a meeting in Albany Tuesday. Lazio was also asked to attend, but will not be there, according to his campaign.

“Steve Levy will not be Rick’s lieutenant governor or have a spot on our statewide ticket,” said Lazio spokesman Barney Keller.“We have no idea why any Republican would want a Shelly Silver supporter to represent our party. It’s ridiculous and an insult to all those who believe in responsible, efficient, and effective government.”

State GOP Chairman Ed Cox floated Levy a Republican candidate for governor in January, touting his fundraising prowess and fiscal conservatism. Levy failed to catch fire with party leaders after he refused to switch his enrollment and denounce the Democrats.

GOP insiders speculate Cox wants Levy on the ballot because his name recognition and past support among Conservatives and Republicans in Suffolk County could boost down-ballot candidates – including Cox’s son, Chris, who is one of several Republicans vying to take on Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop in NY-1 this fall.

Suffolk County GOP Chairman John LaValle, who represents Lazio’s home county and was the first party leader to endorse him, suggested inviting Levy to Tuesday’s meeting during a conference call of the regional vice chairs last week, sources confirmed.

LaValle initially supported Randy Altschuler against Bishop, but has since switched his backing to Chris Cox.

State GOP spokesman Tom Basile insisted there’s no plan to dump Lazio.


  1. Cicero Is My Friend! permalink
    March 7, 2010 2:41 am

    Craig is crazed and furious over these postings. Well, he chose the job, so he needs to accept the consequences of his foolish, foolish actions.

    Do us all a favor and leave your Chairmanship. The party has suffered too much under your stewardship (or lack thereof). Time to pack up and move to the Antilles for good.

    PS I HEART CICERO!!!!!!! 😉

  2. Young Republican permalink
    March 7, 2010 3:12 am

    Let them all run in a primary and then we, republican voters in new york, will get to choose our candidate for governor.

    I might add, Levy has been a pretty responsible county executive and if could do the same thing in Albany, New York would be much better off. I’m not saying he should our candidate, but he should at least have the opportunity to make that case to republicans and they should get to decide.

  3. Mort permalink
    March 7, 2010 3:28 am

    Yawn! Both the Democrats and Republicans being mentioned as possible NYS gubernatorial candidates and those individuals who declared their candidacy are not inspiring me at all.

    This feeling of malaise has been happening since the lackluster, wasted Pataki years.

    Mario Cuomo, George Pataki, Spitzer, Paterson, Cuomo, yada yada yada —- NY State has been in deep trouble for a long time.

    Andrew Cuomo is a mystery. I have no clue as to what he stands for.

    Rick Lazio…….? I’m not optimistic.

    NY is is serious trouble politically and economically.

    I’m depressed about the upcoming gubanortial race.

  4. Cicero, on behalf of John Adams permalink
    March 7, 2010 3:59 am

    “Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.” – John Adams, 1765

  5. Lisa J. Sowerby permalink
    March 7, 2010 4:12 am

    Cicero is on to something concrete.

    This full 1765 quote from that great American conservative and 2nd U.S. President, John Adams, could also be a metaphor for explaining the current KCRC leadership and chairman. Moreover, John Adams admonition to “read, study, learn, speak and write” is what ASIB is doing now! The allegory is appropriate.

    “This spirit, however, without knowledge, would be little better than a brutal rage. Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. Let every order and degree among the people rouse their attention and animate their resolution. Let them all become attentive to the grounds and principles of government, ecclesiastical and civil. Let us study the law of nature; search into the spirit of the British constitution; read the histories of ancient ages; contemplate the great examples of Greece and Rome; set before us the conduct of our own British ancestors, who have defended for us the inherent rights of mankind against foreign and domestic tyrants and usurpers, against arbitrary kings and cruel priests, in short, against the gates of earth and hell.”

    — John Adams from “A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law” – 1765

  6. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    March 8, 2010 8:47 am

    I’m sorry, professor, I didn’t read the assignment, but I think what it means is….

  7. HGWT, Wire Paladin, San Francisco permalink
    March 11, 2010 2:16 pm

    Here’s a nice letter, Verbatim WBEN, Buffalo & Niagara Falls:

    Attorney at Law
    2295 Main Street, Suite 210
    Buffalo, New York 14203

    Chairman Edward F. Cox
    Republican Party of New York State
    315 State Street
    Albany NY 122110

    Dear Chairman Cox:

    There comes a time when enough is enough. We’ve allowed the unchecked growth of a parasitical ruling class in New York State that, with outrageous indifference, defies the Constitutional principal that public servants are elected or appointed to serve the people and Cuomo was no exception.

    We empower and even sacrifice for a self-serving, despicable government in Albany. These people have brought us record taxes, record spending, and record debt. Their lack of courage to change any of this has destroyed the economy of our once great state.

    Our society is complacent.; our youth are disenfranchised. they feel powerless to control their destiny and consigned to accept the status quo as a given in their lives. We have all been paralyzed to do anything about it-until now.,

    “I’m mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it this anymore,” but that doesn’t begin to define my motivation. And with today’s mess simply throwing open the window and yelling out into the street is not enough.

    I am writing as a friend and fellow Republican to let you know I am a breath away form a decision to run for Governor of New York. I intend only 4 years of public service, enough time to turn Albany upside down and throw out the trash.

    If I run I will seek the Republican nomination, but I will likely bypass the convention it appears the Party has settled on Rick Lazio. Worse, you seem to be encouraging Steve Levy, a Democrat waiting in the wings.
    Sidestepping the convention will require me to petition my way onto our party primary ballot, which I will do. I am contemplating also providing the resources to petition a Tea Party line onto the general election ballot to capture the votes of disaffected Democrats and unaffiliated voters.

    I am prepared to commit substantial personal resources to my campaign. I won’t be beholden to any special interest but the taxpayers of New York.

    I truly believe 2010 is an historic election year for America and for our party in New York. The people of the Empire State are crying out for a truly independent voice in Albany, someone who will speak the truth and clean the place out for good. Tea Party leaders and Republicans across the state have contacted me, urging me to run. I believe I will live up to their expectations- to run,to win, and be the chief executive they truly deserve.

    If I step into this race, I will do it with my eyes wide open. With all due respect to you as Republican Party chairman, I wanted you to be aware of my plans. [Set-up differs due to conversion]


    WP, SF

  8. Re: HGWT, etc. permalink
    March 12, 2010 11:47 am

    From: Detective Den Delano’s Blog, “Justice Must Prevail”
    RUN CARL RUN!!!!!!!!……….. PLEASE!!!!!!!Paladino for the People. That is him. No other out there is for the people like Carl is. All the rest is status quo. PATAXME? He like Lazio, of course he does. They are cut from the same cloth and we wonder why New York state is falling into the fiscal abyss. Of course I expected as much from him and the others like him. Carl is NOT like any of them and will not be bought off.

    “I want to do this as a public service, and if this is what it takes to do the best I can for my community, that makes all the difference.” Carl P. Paladino, Buffalo developer
    I want to do this as a public service, and if this is what it takes to do the best I can for my community, that makes all the difference. Carl P. Paladino, Buffalo developer
    Developer vows up to $10 million of his own on governor’s race as he seeks nod from GOP

    Carl P. Paladino all but declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor Wednesday, promising to spend up to $10 million of his own money to fuel his campaign and “make the big shots out of New York face up to the people.”

    While the Buffalo developer has hinted for weeks at running, he has still not made any formal declaration. But he has registered a “Paladino for the People” campaign fund with the state Board of Elections and is putting together a professional campaign staff.

    While former Rep. Rick Lazio of Suffolk County appears to have locked up party support, he has failed to generate any major fundraising success — reporting only about $637,000 on hand in January. As a result, a Paladino effort backed by $10 million would instantly position him as a major figure in the race for governor.

    “I’ve made a lot of money in my career, my family is taken care of, and I’m willing to spend up to $10 million on this,” Paladino said. “I want to do this as a public service, and if this is what it takes to do the best I can for my community, that makes all the difference.”

    The 63-year-old attorney appears to be already in campaign mode, firing a warning shot earlier this week in a letter to state Republican Chairman Edward F. Cox. He criticized Cox for backing Lazio while also reportedly flirting with Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, a Democrat, as a candidate for governor. “ ‘I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore,’ ” Paladino told Cox, using the catchphrase from the 1976 film “Network.”

    “But that doesn’t begin to define my motivation. And with today’s mess, simply throwing open the window and yelling into the street is not enough.”

    Paladino’s movement to the verge of a formal declaration of candidacy robbed some attention from former three-term Gov. George E. Pataki’s endorsement of Lazio on Wednesday, cementing a strong bond between the two politicians formed during Lazio’s unsuccessful candidacy against Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Senate in 2000. Pataki told The Buffalo News in a telephone interview that Lazio is “the right person at the right time.”

    “He understands New York State and will bring a fresh approach to Albany,” Pataki said. “And God knows that after the last 3z years, we need that.

    “You put it all together, and I think you have a winning candidate who can govern.”

    Lazio also picked up the endorsement of three former New York State congressmen Wednesday, including Republican Amo Houghton of Corning, who was an enthusiastic Lazio supporter even when it appeared that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani would run against Clinton in 2000.

    Paladino acknowledged Wednesday that Lazio has garnered support from the party and other members of the state’s GOP establishment. “The messengers all came to me to tell me they don’t want me to do this, because they’re all part of the same thing,” he said.

    “And Pataki? Are you kidding me? He can vote for Lazio if he wants to.”

  9. Sal Minella permalink
    March 18, 2010 10:04 am

    ‘Offended’ Michael Long: Levy Candidacy ‘An Affront’ To My Party!

    “State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long said he doubts his executive committee will abandon plans to back Rick Lazio for governor, regardless of Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy’s decision to switch parties and run as a Republican.”

    Read more:

    you are amazing Mike Long! what chutzpah you have! Didn’t the Brooklyn Conservative Party, under Kings County Conservative Party Chair Jerry Kassar, endore Mr. Greenfield, a Democrat, for the 44th City Council District recently?

    You Conservative Party folks can’t have your cake and it it too!

    You are a bunch of hypocrites in the NYS Conservative Party! You have diferent standards and don’t apply endorsements and political support based on principles – only on your own self interests (on peronal levels).

    Liam M., do you care to comment on this Michael Long fisaco? You always have something concrete to add.

  10. Arthur Buckley permalink
    March 18, 2010 12:43 pm

    Sal, you are on target with this. Michael Long, Jerry Kassar and the NYS Conservative Party are a bunch of hypocrites.

    Political blogger Elizabeth Benjamin of The NY Daily News “Daily Politics” also has this timely article posting called “GOP/Conservative Intrigue Grows In Brooklyn!”

    “According to his public schedule, Rick Lazio is expected to show up at the event, which is being held at the Yellow Hook Grille – an establishment owned by state Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long’s brother sons, Robert and Jimmy. (The chairman tells me he also has an investment in the restaurant).

    Mike Long and members of his party’s executive committee are scheduled to hold an endorsement meeting in Brooklyn Saturday. This played a major role in Levy’s decision to go public Friday with his decision to switch parties and run for governor as a Republican.”

    “Levy and his supporters hope Long will at the very least delay his plan to endorse Lazio. As of last Sunday, Long was showing no sign of abandoning Lazio, but he also left the door open for Levy, saying a lot could change in a week.”

    Read more at:

    At Bay Ridge’s Yellow Hook Grille I would like to buy Craig Eaton a few shots of Jägermeister!

  11. Maya for my friend VJ Machiavelli permalink
    March 18, 2010 12:50 pm

    It is time to cut the “cord” with the Conservative Party and the tail wagging the NY GOP dog.
    Look what happen to the “Liberal Party” when they supported “Cuomo” and he lost the Democratic primary for Governor to Carl McCall.

    Let the Republican Voters decide who should be the Parties standard bearer not the party bosses or Mike Long.

    Before there was the “Oracle at Delphi” there was
    Count Vampire J. Machiavelli
    VJ Machiavelli

    No More Schumer, Pelosi, Rangel, Engel, and Arthur Finkelstein & Co.

    “After Four Years of Scandals it is time for Levy/Faso/Callaghan/Garcia”

  12. Cicero permalink
    March 18, 2010 11:19 pm

    Bronx Republican Chairman Jay Savino called me earlier today to indicate his support for Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy’s quest to switch parties and become the GOP’s gubernatorial nominee.

    Savino said he expects “anywhere from 15 to 20” GOP county chairs will be on hand when Levy officially announces his candidacy in Albany tomorrow, although he insisted he has not yet received any phone calls seeking to organize county leaders.

    “I will be there to welcome him into the Republican Party,” Savino said. “If he announces, I will support him, yes.”
    Savino is the third GOP regional vice chair to go on record in support of Levy. The others are Albany County GOP Chairman John Graziano and Rockland County GOP Vincent Reda, who is the state party’s first vice chairman.

    Read more:

    gallup’s comments on this article (re-posted here because it’s relevant and apropos):

    Question: Who will be in Savino’s corner when he gets indicted by the FEDS real soon. Answer: No One (Mangone has told on you Savino) Hahahahaha!!!

    And, Yankee_Clipper said:

    ” Of course Savino is endoring a Democrat for governor. The guy is head of a county committee that has never won a race under his “leadership” and has no elected Republican in any position. Despite Bloomberg giving him a substantial amount of funding for endorsing him.

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