Pataki denies 'no re-election bid' rumor

March 29, 2005 at 1:50 PM

NEW YORK, March 29 (UPI) -- New York Gov. George Pataki is denying rumors he will not seek re-election to a fourth term in 2006 in order to focus on a bid for the White House.

"Claims that the governor has decided not to seek a fourth term are false," gubernatorial spokesman David Catalfamo said, responding to a TV report by NY1 that Pataki had told close associates his current term would be his last.

The New York Republican has previously said he would make a decision on his future plans by the end of the Legislative session, which usually occurs early in July.

Pataki also announced he would keep New York Lt. Gov. Mary Donohue on the ticket should he run for re-election, the New York Post said. That announcement, New York political sources said, seemingly puts to rest rumors that a split has occurred between the two, who are widely seen as close political allies.

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