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George Pataki Republican. Eliot Spitzer Democratic. Post- consolidation :. Eliot spitzer wikipedia New York gubernatorial election of took place on November 7, to elect the governor and lieutenant governor of New York, concurrently with elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Spitzer was slated to serve between January 1, and December 31,but he announced his reation on March 12, effective March 17,amid news of his involvement in a prostitution scandal.
This was the first open seat election since Eliot Spitzer was the nominee of the Democratic party of New York for governor. On December 7,Spitzer announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the election for Governor of New York. Spitzer's campaign manager was Ryan Toohey of Global Strategy Groupwhich Spitzer had hired for his campaign for attorney general and for the gubernatorial campaign.
While long rumored, Spitzer's announcement was nevertheless considered unusually early—nearly two years before the day of the gubernatorial election. Some pundits believed the timing of Spitzer's announcement was due to Spitzer's desire to see if Senator Charles Schumera more senior Democrat, would run.
Schumer, who was largely favored in opinion polls in a hypothetical matchup against Spitzer, announced in November that he would not run for governor, instead accepting an offer to sit on the powerful Finance Committee and head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
After Schumer announced he would maintain his Senate seat, another Democrat, Andrew Cuomoannounced his plans to run for Spitzer's vacated Attorney General's seat. Spitzer won an early vote of confidence on January 22, by gaining the endorsement of the Working Families Partywhich has taken advantage of New York's electoral fusion system to act as a kingmaker over Democratic nominees. In the latter half ofSpitzer sought to further solidify support for his campaign by touring the state, seeking and giving political endorsements. The benefit to Spitzer in these endorsement deals is valuable media attention as he stumped for the candidates.
As a result of Spitzer's relative speed in uniting state Democrats to his side, he has gained the respect of Democratic leaders nationwide. Bill Richardson dubbed Spitzer the "future of the Democratic Party", at a fundraiser held in June for Spitzer's gubernatorial campaign. With a large polling lead in the Democratic primary,  the June Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll showed him leading Nassau county executive Thomas Suozzi 76 — 13 percent, compared to a 73 — 13 percent lead in a May 17, poll.
Much of the attention of watchers of New York politics then turned to the state Republican Party, especially the future of three-term governor George Pataki. Polling throughout and into consistently showed Spitzer defeating Pataki in theoretical matchups. Such a scenario may have proved unappealing to Pataki. At the time, he was making overtures toward seeking the Republican nomination for the presidency in Pataki announced on July 27, that he would not seek re-election and would step down at the end of his Eliot spitzer wikipedia in January The open-seat nature of the election, along with Spitzer's positive poll s, and the advantage Democrats have in New York State fueled discussion of the Republican leadership's active pursuit of candidates to run against Spitzer.
Shortly after the convention Weld dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination. An additional consideration for Spitzer was the status of billionaire businessman Tom Golisanoa three-time candidate on the Independence Party ballot line. It was rumored that Golisano might run again, and that Republican Party insiders would seek to nominate him on their own party's line, thus fusing the Republican and Independence tickets for the first time in a gubernatorial election.
Golisano recently switched his party affiliation to the GOP. However, on February 1,Golisano announced that he would not run for governor. In New York gubernatorial elections, the most important factor in the gubernatorial candidate's choice of a lieutenant governor is the need to "balance the ticket"—that is, to widen the candidate's appeal, whether by reaching out to someone from a different geographic area, ethnic background, or has a different political base. Paterson's father Basil Paterson was also a candidate for Lt.
Governor in In February,Spitzer received the endorsement of then-Democrat businessman Donald Trumpwho had been courted by the Republicans to run against him. InFaso announced his intention to run for governor. He Eliot spitzer wikipedia himself early as a conservative upstate candidate, while stressing his childhood roots in Long Island. Weld, a moderate, was supported by party leadership. It has been reported that in earlyWeld offered Faso the chance to his ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governoran offer Faso reportedly declined.
In late MayFaso received the nomination of the Conservative Party for governor, which guaranteed him a spot on the November ballot. He pledged to continue running for governor on the Conservative line if he lost the Republican primary to Weld. Scott Vanderhoef as his running mate for lieutenant governor. By receiving over 50 percent of the vote, Faso was the deated Republican Party candidate, but Weld still received enough support to force a primary. As The Washington Post put it, "[n]ow it turns out whoever loses the GOP primary will stay in the race -- in a position likely to Eliot spitzer wikipedia votes from the Republican nominee.
On June 5, Stephen J. Minarikthe chairman of the state Republican Party, who had been Weld's most prominent backer, called on Weld to withdraw in the interest of party unity. Chief in N. Urges Weld to Quit Governor's Race Weld formally announced his withdrawal from the race, and his support of Faso, the following day.
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