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The New York State GOP Governor ticket looks like Lazio…..Who’s Paladino?……Update….Lazio IS the nominee…..

0923_lazio3Steve Levy to Announce Gube

[ Lazio and Levy ]

Update….Rick Lazio IS the GOP nominee…Levy doesn’t make it……

Steve Levy looks likes he’s day late and dollar short in his conversion from a Democrat to a Republican to run for New York State Governor…

In his typical excentric fashion…he pissed off everyone and missed the boat…

As a matter of fact …..Levy running has actually HELP Rick Lazio secure the nomination…… it will probably turn out….Since Levy actual switch in parties technically doesn’t happen until next year…..

The man is ill at ease with the world…. it seems……

Lazio’s spot on a Republican primary ballot is all but assured, given the strong support he has among Republican committee members across the state. His loyalists point to Lazio’s early entrance in the race and his long-standing party credentials.

Levy, who has the support of Republican state Chairman Ed Cox, has two hurdles to clear today at the Republican state convention.

First, Levy must get the votes of 25 percent of the Republican committee delegates, weighted by the population of each county. If he gets that, then the Suffolk County executive needs 50 percent of the vote plus one to get on a primary ballot — since his enrollment from Democrat to Republican doesn’t take effect until next year.

Now who is Carl Paladino?

The party is likely to have a primary even if Levy fails to win a spot on the ballot, because Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, who has a $10 million war chest, plans to petition his way on to the primary ballot — an option that Levy is denied because of his Democratic enrollment.

Paladino is also talking about running on a separate “Tea Party-oriented line.”

The Tea Party movement, as poorly defined as it may be, is having an impact here. Republicans with Tea Party leanings appear to be backing Levy as well as Paladino, who has positioned himself on the right wing of the GOP.

“We’re swaying more toward Levy because he’s fiscally conservative,” said Catherine Tenek, a Tea Party activist from Suffolk County who was furloughed last year by Levy from her job as a county heavy equipment operator. Despite the hit to her pocketbook, she said she respects Levy’s hard-line approach to government cost-cutting.

Lazio supporters are suspicious of Levy’s late-in-life switch from Democrat to Republican.

More……..

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June 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

The New York State GOP Governor ticket looks like Lazio…..Who's Paladino?……Update….Lazio IS the nominee…..

0923_lazio3Steve Levy to Announce Gube

[ Lazio and Levy ]

Update….Rick Lazio IS the GOP nominee…Levy doesn’t make it……

Steve Levy looks likes he’s day late and dollar short in his conversion from a Democrat to a Republican to run for New York State Governor…

In his typical excentric fashion…he pissed off everyone and missed the boat…

As a matter of fact …..Levy running has actually HELP Rick Lazio secure the nomination…… it will probably turn out….Since Levy actual switch in parties technically doesn’t happen until next year…..

The man is ill at ease with the world…. it seems……

Lazio’s spot on a Republican primary ballot is all but assured, given the strong support he has among Republican committee members across the state. His loyalists point to Lazio’s early entrance in the race and his long-standing party credentials.

Levy, who has the support of Republican state Chairman Ed Cox, has two hurdles to clear today at the Republican state convention.

First, Levy must get the votes of 25 percent of the Republican committee delegates, weighted by the population of each county. If he gets that, then the Suffolk County executive needs 50 percent of the vote plus one to get on a primary ballot — since his enrollment from Democrat to Republican doesn’t take effect until next year.

Now who is Carl Paladino?

The party is likely to have a primary even if Levy fails to win a spot on the ballot, because Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, who has a $10 million war chest, plans to petition his way on to the primary ballot — an option that Levy is denied because of his Democratic enrollment.

Paladino is also talking about running on a separate “Tea Party-oriented line.”

The Tea Party movement, as poorly defined as it may be, is having an impact here. Republicans with Tea Party leanings appear to be backing Levy as well as Paladino, who has positioned himself on the right wing of the GOP.

“We’re swaying more toward Levy because he’s fiscally conservative,” said Catherine Tenek, a Tea Party activist from Suffolk County who was furloughed last year by Levy from her job as a county heavy equipment operator. Despite the hit to her pocketbook, she said she respects Levy’s hard-line approach to government cost-cutting.

Lazio supporters are suspicious of Levy’s late-in-life switch from Democrat to Republican.

More……..

June 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

Pataki tells Republican Governors Association…..’Lazio can’t win’

Whew!……

I told ya things where going to get hot for the New York State race for Governor on the GOP side….

Pataki throws his party’s nominee …so far…Rick Lazio…..under the bus…..

Steve Levy is working hard to line up support from the party since coming over from the Democratic party a few months ago….

Right now it’s also the battle of the press releases…..

Stay tuned…..

[ Lazio and Levy ]


Per Haberman, another RGA-related dispatch from the Empire State:

A source reports that in a chat this week with RGA head Haley Barbour, former Gov. George Pataki expressed lukewarm sentiments about his preferred gubernatorial candidate, Rick Lazio, who’s battling an attempt by Democrat-turned-Republican Steve Levy to get on the primary ballot.

The source said the former New York governor, who served three terms through 2006, told Barbour he knows Lazio can’t win, but that he’ll be a “party uniter” as a candidate – an apparent distinction made with Levy, who has set the party at odds with itself.
Pataki’s spokesman denied the comments.

“Governor Pataki has been unequivocal in his private and public conversations that Rick Lazio can win,” said Pataki spokesman Dave Catalfamo.. “Further, he knows the only way Republicans can win in November is to unite the Conservative and Republican lines and the only candidate who can do that is Rick Lazio.”

Pataki helped recruit Lazio to run for Senate against Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2000, and was an early endorser of Lazio this time. Many former Pataki-ites are on Team Lazio.

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

Pataki tells Republican Governors Association…..'Lazio can't win'

Whew!……

I told ya things where going to get hot for the New York State race for Governor on the GOP side….

Pataki throws his party’s nominee …so far…Rick Lazio…..under the bus…..

Steve Levy is working hard to line up support from the party since coming over from the Democratic party a few months ago….

Right now it’s also the battle of the press releases…..

Stay tuned…..

[ Lazio and Levy ]


Per Haberman, another RGA-related dispatch from the Empire State:

A source reports that in a chat this week with RGA head Haley Barbour, former Gov. George Pataki expressed lukewarm sentiments about his preferred gubernatorial candidate, Rick Lazio, who’s battling an attempt by Democrat-turned-Republican Steve Levy to get on the primary ballot.

The source said the former New York governor, who served three terms through 2006, told Barbour he knows Lazio can’t win, but that he’ll be a “party uniter” as a candidate – an apparent distinction made with Levy, who has set the party at odds with itself.
Pataki’s spokesman denied the comments.

“Governor Pataki has been unequivocal in his private and public conversations that Rick Lazio can win,” said Pataki spokesman Dave Catalfamo.. “Further, he knows the only way Republicans can win in November is to unite the Conservative and Republican lines and the only candidate who can do that is Rick Lazio.”

Pataki helped recruit Lazio to run for Senate against Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2000, and was an early endorser of Lazio this time. Many former Pataki-ites are on Team Lazio.

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

Oh, Snap!….. Lazio Endorsed by Conservative Party ……

AP/ Richard Drew: Rick Lazio during his 2000 Senate campaign.

Reports of Rick Lazio’s political demise are unfounded folks……

While the media and Steve Levy thought they had Lazio going under the bus ….the states Conservative party just stopped that move with a vote to back the fledging candidates bid to run for New York State Governor this fall……

Never count your eggs before they hatch…..Steve Levy just got a round house punch to the jaw……
A divided group of New York State Conservative Party leaders voted Saturday to throw the party’s support behind Rick A. Lazio, giving the former congressman’s troubled campaign for governor a boost as it struggles to hang on to Republican support.

The 14-5 vote, while not binding, strengthens Mr. Lazio’s position as he fights off a challenge from Steve Levy, the Suffolk County executive and a Democrat who said Friday that he was switching parties to seek the Republican nomination.

Mr. Lazio, who made an appearance at Conservative Party headquarters in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, just minutes after the vote was taken, used the endorsement of the small but influential party to rebut the perception that his campaign was faltering.

“Today was a huge step forward,” he said. “This great party, the Conservative Party, which has been a decisive factor for every Republican statewide win since this party was founded, is absolutely essential. It makes me feel great, honestly, to have the support of leaders like this.”

Asked whether Mr. Levy’s entrance into the race unsettled him, Mr. Lazio responded, “I am not worried about him.”

Mr. Levy’s campaign sought to play down the significance of the vote, which it characterized as nothing more than a nonbinding recommendation from the party’s executive committee.

“This was merely an unweighted recommendation and has little meaning until a designee is officially chosen at the convention in June,” the Levy campaign said in a statement. “We anticipate major defections, as was the case with the Republican Party.”

This further on Levy…..

Mr. Levy, while largely an unknown quantity outside Long Island, has a sharp tongue and a spirited demeanor, and many Republicans say that he could make for a formidable opponent on the stump against Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, the presumptive Democratic nominee. Mr. Levy also has more than $4.1 million on hand and has attracted the attention of prominent national Republican political consultants and donors. He plans to hold fund-raising events in Manhattan, the Hamptons and Palm Beach, Fla., in the coming weeks.

And leaders of some of the state’s largest Republican county organizations have been defecting to Mr. Levy’s campaign in growing numbers since he declared, loosening Mr. Lazio’s once-firm grip on the nomination. Whether Mr. Levy can secure a place on the ballot is largely up to the Republican county organizations, which will send delegates to that party’s nominating convention in June.

Because Mr. Levy’s party switch will not take effect until after the November election, he must receive the support of more than 50 percent of the delegates. Mr. Lazio, as a registered Republican, needs more than 25 percent to get on the ballot.

For the whole piece…..


March 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

The GOP looks past Rick Lazio, who is found wanting for New York Governor……to Steve Levy?

The GOP has a problem in New York State……

Everyone knows the next Governor is going to be Andrew Cuomo…..Everyone…..

Oh, Yea …….Rick Lazio is running against him…right?

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[ Lazio..the guy who lost to Hillary on her first go round for Senator ]

Yea…but he don’t count……

So the Reublicans…mindful that Lazio has less than a million in his campaign coffers and is polling 20 to 30 points below Cuomo have decided to find themselves another candidate…..enter Steve Levy the Suffolk Country , Democratic County Executive who is as conservative as democrats come…and not afraid to speak his mind and get in a fight…with anybody!

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[ Levy …behind him is former Nassau County executive Suozzi ]

Here’s the piece…….

New York Republican Rick Lazio’s lackluster gubernatorial campaign has propelled some members of his own party to court a Democrat to switch sides and lead the charge against likely Democratic nominee Andrew Cuomo this fall.

Top Republican officials are scheduled to meet Tuesday with Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy in Albany, signaling a lack of confidence in Mr. Lazio’s low-buzz campaign and his anemic fund raising.

“People just don’t see the campaign taking off the way they would hope a Republican campaign would,” said John Graziano, chairman of the Albany County Republican Committee. “There’s still a lingering understanding that maybe somebody else will come on board that might be better able to win the governor’s race for us.”

Mr. Levy suggested Republicans were interested in him running in part because Mr. Lazio was short on detailed policy prescriptions. “No one even comes close to the type of specifics that I’ve laid out to radically change this state,” Mr. Levy said.

Mr. Lazio, a 51-year-old from Long Island who served four terms in Congress, is best known for his unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2000. He is the only major announced candidate for the GOP nomination in the governor’s race. In December, Mr. Lazio won the backing of fellow Republican Rudy Giuliani, after the former New York City mayor announced he wouldn’t join the contest.

Levy was invited to the dance …but probably won’t switch parties……

A lifelong Democrat and fiscal conservative, Mr. Levy appeared on five party lines—Democratic, Republican, Independence, Conservative and Working Families—when he was re-elected in 2007 with 96% of the vote. Mr. Levy said he has no plans to switch parties, but an aide who asked not to be identified said the 50-year-old lawmaker would consider such a move.

More…….…and stay tuned for updates…….

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS!…the ride has just begun in the quest for the US Senate seat from New York…..

We here at the Dog have been telling anyone who will listen that New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo will be the next New York Sate Governor….forget current Governor Paterson….he’s gone……

Well it turns out that the Republicans have come to that conclusion also…….Merlin has tipped us off to the fact that The New York Post’s Fred Dicker …a serious Albany political reporter is now reporting that several key Republicans are asking Rick Lazio to drop his bid for governor and join Harold Ford Jr. in taking on Kirsten Gillibrand…..who will be an easy target…..

This turn events can only embolden Harold Ford to decide to take on Gillibrand in the democratic primary since her only friends in the state are Chuck Schumer and left-wing of the democrat’s( unbelievable, isn’t that, with her record!) …….

Most of the established New York media have come down in favor of a Ford run so that they can sell newspapers……

And judging by the comments on the net’ on the Ford run….people seem to be saying…..’let him run’…..

Poor Chuck Schumer….just when he though he had ‘it’…..’it’ falls apart…..

January 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lazio feels "some sympathy" for his embattled opponent….

But, he still wants his job  next year……right now Rick Lazio polls with no chance to defeat Andrew Cuomo, the state’s Attorney General……but would have a good chance to defeat Governor Paterson, of New York, who was NOT elected to the job….

……is that why he’s expressing such good feelings for the current Governor?

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Politics | , | Leave a comment

Lazio feels “some sympathy” for his embattled opponent….

But, he still wants his job  next year……right now Rick Lazio polls with no chance to defeat Andrew Cuomo, the state’s Attorney General……but would have a good chance to defeat Governor Paterson, of New York, who was NOT elected to the job….

……is that why he’s expressing such good feelings for the current Governor?

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Politics | , | Leave a comment

Andrew Cuomo gets ready to run for New York Governor…..

A while ago, I said to everyone that would listen that Andrew Cuomo, the Attorney General of New York State, would wait for the late fall, or early fall spring to seriously begin to displace current sitting Governor Paterson…..Well, today brings a piece on the front page of the New York Times about Cuomo starting to ‘shop around’ for a ticket for his fall run. It is a given that even though Paterson is starting to run commercials, and hire staff (like Harold Ickes) to bring up his poll numbers….he’s gone

The only republican to be seriously running for governor is Rick Lazio and he will be running uphill for the next year since Cuomo has huge numbers in polling against every republican including Rudy Giuliani…..

Like the last person to be Attorney General (Eliot Spitzer), the job seems to be a spring-board to the governors mansion…..while the democratic front-runner, Cuomo must be careful with the states minority voters and politicians …….He has gone out of his way to mend fences because they haven’t forgotten Cuomo’s stepping all over Carl McCall’s feet in his bid to become governor years ago….

The names floated in the piece for Lieutenant Governor are Bill Thompson, the black outgoing NYC Controller who barely lost to Bloomberg for Mayor…..The upcoming District Attorney from Nassau County, who just got re-elected to her second term, Kathleen Rice….and Janet DiFiore, the District Attorney of Westchester County….

Stay tuned folks…this one will be interesting……

Update:….Lazio today attacked Cuomo for undermining Paterson…..(why is he getting in democratic business?)

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Politics | , , , , , | 4 Comments