Faso backs Lazio for governor (updated)

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Former Assembly Minority Leader and the 2006 GOP gubernatorial candidate John Faso backed the candidacy of Rick Lazio in a letter sent to Republican voters across the state.

Faso, a Republican from Kinderhook, urged voters to united behind the former Congressional representative.

“Only one candidate for governor, Rick Lazio, has the character, integrity and ability to fix the mess in Albany,” Faso wrote in the letter. “That’s why it is so important that we unite behind Rick Lazio now.”

Lazio faces a primary challenge from Buffalo developer Carl Paladino, who is also launching an independent party candidacy aimed at replacing the Conservative Party.

Faso, who was defeated by Eliot Spitzer in 2006 by a historic margin, briefly mentions Paladino in the letter, saying that he has “respect” for him but has made “too many missteps” that will hurt other GOP candidates. Faso also takes an extended swipe at the Democratic nominee for governor, Andrew Cuomo and compares him to his scandal-scarred predecessor.

“You can stop a re-run of 2006,” writes Faso. “That year, I ran for Governor against Eliot Spitzer, a Democratic Attorney General with a reputation for high-profile investigations and flush with special interest cash, who was viewed as inevitable. Few paid attention to the fact that Spitzer lost most of the high-profile matters he took to trial. Cuomo’s record –and his personality— are remarkably similar: more press releases and public bullying than actual results. We cannot let people be swayed by Cuomo’s recent statements that he is not in favor of higher taxes and spending. The fact is that Cuomo has taken millions of dollars in special interest campaign donations and unless we stop him the expensive bill will come due starting January 1.”

Update: Here’s a response from Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs: “John Faso endorses Rick Lazio or — to put it another way — one corporate lobbyist endorses another. Color me shocked.”

Here is the full letter:

Fa So Letter

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