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New York GOP looking for governor options

April 25, 2005 at 11:32 AM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, April 25 (UPI) -- New York Republicans are looking for potential candidates should Gov. George Pataki decide not to seek a fourth term.

State GOP leaders have a certain type of candidate in mind for the 2006 election -- that is if Pataki doesn't run -- and that candidate would be very rich and able to fund his own campaign since the state Republican organization expects to have to spend a considerable amount of money in an attempt to defeat Sen. Hillary's Clinton's run at re-election, The New York Times reported Monday.

New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer has said he will seek the Democratic Party nomination for governor.

New York magazine reported William Weld, a New York native but one-time governor of Massachusetts, is being considered. Stephen Minarik, New York Republican Party chairman, however, said neither Weld nor his aides had been approached by the party since December.

Minarik told the Times, "Bill Weld would be someone that we would reach out to if we had an opening but we don't have an opening."

Weld was governor of Massachusetts from 1991-97, when he resigned to become the U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

Topics: William Weld
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