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Published on: November 1, 2010 04:02 PM
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New York - Embracing a man who once called him a “degenerate idiot,” former Gov. George E. Pataki on Monday endorsed Carl P. Paladino, the Republican nominee to be New York’s governor.

The vote of confidence by Mr. Pataki, the last Republican to occupy the governor’s mansion, came at the 11th hour but was perhaps the most prominent endorsement of Mr. Paladino’s campaign.

“While I don’t agree with my party’s nominee for governor on any number of issues, we do agree on three essential Republican-Conservative core beliefs: the need to cut taxes, reduce spending and shrink the size of government,” Mr. Pataki said in a statement.

The two men have had a prickly relationship. Mr. Pataki was an early victim of Mr. Paladino’s anti-establishment fervor. In September, Mr. Paladino called Mr. Pataki an idiot in an interview with The Daily News. He later explained that he meant only to convey his frustration with the state of the Republican Party after Mr. Pataki left office in 2006.

Despite Mr. Paladino’s words, Mr. Pataki said in September that he would still consider an endorsement if Mr. Paladino was able to turn “anger into policies.”

While Mr. Paladino has said he does not seek out endorsements, he had made a deliberate effort to smooth things over with Mr. Pataki.

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“I stand strong with Governor Pataki to lead this revolution to take back our state,” Mr. Paladino said in a statement on Monday. “The man who slayed the first Cuomo says I am the man to beat Mario Jr.”

The two men met in September at Mr. Pataki’s offices in Manhattan and chatted for an hour. They met again on Sunday at a Republican Party breakfast in Westchester County.

While Mr. Paladino and Mr. Pataki are not close, they are said to have a cordial relationship.

Mr. Pataki, asked at the breakfast on Sunday if he would endorse Mr. Paladino, was silent, responding only that he was there to support Harry Wilson, the Republican candidate for state comptroller. In his speech, he did not mention Mr. Paladino by name.

Mr. Paladino said Sunday that he was not disappointed that Mr. Pataki had not supported him publicly. He praised the former governor’s leadership.

“The governor is one of my heroes, O.K.?” Mr. Paladino said. “He created the setting, O.K., for us to come in and finally put this progressive movement to bed.”


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 Nov 01, 2010 at 04:11 PM dreidel Says:

won't make a big dirrerence anymore, mr. pataki. had you come out a bit earlier it would have helped, but now almost all of us have made their minds up and mr paladino will have to wait 4 more years.
the republicans have failed to nominate a candidate that has a chance of winning this election. i hope they do better in 4 years

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 Nov 01, 2010 at 04:31 PM Chaveirim Says:

Reply to #1  
dreidel Says:

won't make a big dirrerence anymore, mr. pataki. had you come out a bit earlier it would have helped, but now almost all of us have made their minds up and mr paladino will have to wait 4 more years.
the republicans have failed to nominate a candidate that has a chance of winning this election. i hope they do better in 4 years

So you only vote for candidates that have a chance of winning?????

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 Nov 01, 2010 at 04:32 PM Anonymous Says:

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the problem with the Republican party. Call each other idiots, stab each other in the back, disagree on practically everything in the world but never ever vote for someone on the other ticket, no matter what. How can you trust someone who cares more for their party than the people they're supposed to represent?
When Guiliani crossed over and endorsed Mario Cuomo instead of Pataki we knew he was thinking about the state more than his party (and Guiliani got he** from the Republicans back then!). The same when Koch crossed over and endorsed Guiliani and Pataki (a couple of years later). But what's going on now is plain stupidity and shows how little Pataki cares about NY. He can't stand Paladino and you can see on his face how little he wanted to endorse him but he did it anyway because his party wanted him to. Mr. Pataki, you should have kept your mouth closed because your endorsement means less than nothing. Next time keep it to yourself and the rest of us won't be so disgusted with your nambi-pambiness.

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 Nov 01, 2010 at 04:40 PM Anonymous Says:

i still think that paladino can make it... never give up.. its gonna be a sad day for NY if we vote in a Buffy (duffy) coumo
Go Paladino Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Nov 01, 2010 at 04:40 PM Butterfly Says:

Some people have voted already!!

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 Nov 01, 2010 at 04:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Pataki, always the true patriot, shows what a principled politician is all about. Wait for the 11th hour and then endorse someone who you know is certifiably committable.

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 Nov 01, 2010 at 04:49 PM Paladino4Governor Says:

i think it was the right time, because most of the people will decide tomorrow when they ar ein the booth if they want to pay more taxes or less texas, if they want vouchers or not, or if they want a corrupted person in office, so it was teh right timing & we all support Paladino, he is in BIG TIME

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 Nov 01, 2010 at 06:17 PM clear-thinker Says:

What a great country we live in. You can make the wrong choice and the right candidate can still be elected. Mr. Paladino is probably the worst candidate the Republican party could nominate. Cuomo may have been beatable, but not by Paladino. Personally I believe that Pataki should have sat the election out, but I guess he has political ambitions that did not allow this.

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 Nov 01, 2010 at 07:12 PM blumey Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

i still think that paladino can make it... never give up.. its gonna be a sad day for NY if we vote in a Buffy (duffy) coumo
Go Paladino Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bh for people like you i thought i was the only jew voting for him!

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 Nov 01, 2010 at 07:15 PM mendel of 57 st Says:

I wish the republican party was smart and endorsed someone like bernard levi who would have maybe won on coumo
Sadly the republican party in new york is brain dead

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 Nov 02, 2010 at 12:28 AM Luckshin Says:

GO PALADINO!!! GO PALADINO!!! We need you in Albany! Common everybody do the right thing! PALADINO for the PEOPLE

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 Nov 02, 2010 at 02:49 AM Jewpoint_Dot_Blogspot Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the problem with the Republican party. Call each other idiots, stab each other in the back, disagree on practically everything in the world but never ever vote for someone on the other ticket, no matter what. How can you trust someone who cares more for their party than the people they're supposed to represent?
When Guiliani crossed over and endorsed Mario Cuomo instead of Pataki we knew he was thinking about the state more than his party (and Guiliani got he** from the Republicans back then!). The same when Koch crossed over and endorsed Guiliani and Pataki (a couple of years later). But what's going on now is plain stupidity and shows how little Pataki cares about NY. He can't stand Paladino and you can see on his face how little he wanted to endorse him but he did it anyway because his party wanted him to. Mr. Pataki, you should have kept your mouth closed because your endorsement means less than nothing. Next time keep it to yourself and the rest of us won't be so disgusted with your nambi-pambiness.

"When Guiliani crossed over and endorsed Mario Cuomo instead of Pataki we knew he was thinking about the state more"... uh, no, you just blew up your own argument. Mario Cuomo was NOT good for NY, and his son will be worse.

Andy almost singlehandedly ignited the mortgage crises and I am sad to see the kehilla pulling for him for the $, as cuomo jr. and the rest of the Dems will bankrupt NY in the process, as well as tilt NY more for Obama who is trying to destroy Israel and America.

A vote for any dem is a vote for bankruptcy and for jihad.

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 Nov 02, 2010 at 04:34 AM WiseDude Says:

The Republican party on all levels kills its best candidates. They have had some younger rising stars over the years, from Rockland, from Staten Island, and what did they do? They killed them off. Idiots. That's why the Dems control NY.

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 Nov 02, 2010 at 12:42 PM harvey Says:

probably paid him off

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