State GOP insiders mixed on Pataki’s presidential chances


With former Gov. George Pataki “strongly considering” throwing his hat into the presidential race, GOP insiders across the state seem mixed about the prospect.

Pataki, a Garrison, Putnam County, resident who has toyed with entering Washington politics in the past, will visit Iowa for a Republican gathering this weekend, fanning the flames that he may announce his intentions.

John McLaughlin, a Rockland County-based GOP consultant and pollster, said there may be room for Pataki in the already crowded Republican primary field.

From today’s Gannett New York newspapers:

“With George Pataki, here’s a guy who was mayor of Peekskill and figured out how to become governor of New York,” McLaughlin said. “So I wouldn’t underestimate him if he enters the presidential race.”

Monroe County Republican Chairman Bill Reilich, a town of Greece Assemblyman, was less bullish on Pataki’s prospects. When asked where he sees the former three-term governor fitting into the race, Reilich said: “I don’t know if he does.”

“Certainly, the governor is known in our state and just beyond our borders somewhat, but his national recognition is not as high,” Reilich said. “So I think it would be added work and added effort to play catch-up at this point.”

Rockland County GOP Chair Vincent Reda, the state Republican Party’s vice chairman, said Pataki’s socially moderate views could carve a niche for him in the primary field. The former governor is pro-choice, backed a gay-rights bill during his time as governor, and fought to enact legislation battling greenhouse gases.

“It’s a big field right now, and he would probably be one of the few moderates jumping into the race,” Reda said. “It’s a wide-open field, and there’s room for moderates.”

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  1. Pataki was someone who was electable in NY. That’s good for a general, but I think it gives him no chance in the primaries. What do you think?

    POLL: Is former NY Gov. George Pataki a good addition to the GOP presidential field?

  2. PatakiStein and his “BRAIN” and creator Arthur Finkelstein are trying to make a comeback and feel the have the “Right Stuff: needed to win the GOP nomination, but first they have to declare then win Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and avoid being beten by Ron Paul who took second in the Iowa Straw poll forcing Pawlenty to exit before he even got to the Iowa caucus.

    Powers and Molinari are supporting

    Rudy and rudy is mulling the race, he feels he has learned from his past mistakes in 2008, will see.

    Meanwhile the backup plan is a Perry/Rudy ticket assuming Perry is the nominee and he and his “Brian Trust” agree that Rudy is needed to win.

    BUt the polls are showing even Ron Paul can beat “Big Brother Obama so how about a Paul/Rudy ticket ?

    PatakiStein needs to prove he has what it takes and that means doing well in Iowa, etc etc

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

    VJ Machiavelli
    The Legislative Budget is Too Damn High