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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……..

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

A Steve Levy Story…..The cancelled breakfast…..with comments….

Steve Levy, who is running for the GOP nomination to run against Andrew Cuomo,  always elicits a bit of theatre…

Everywhere he goes…..

Or…

Doesn’t……..

Steve Levy was supposed to speak at a City Hall News-sponsored breakfast this morning, where protesters were also expected to show up.

The event was cancelled. Levy was sad.

“I was disappointed that they canceled it,” Levy said. “I’m in the middle of a Republican primary here. The best thing that could ever happen to me is to have a bunch of liberal, pro-illegal immigration Democrats protesting me for being against illegal immigration. I couldn’t pay a million dollars to get publicity that good for me in a Republican primary.”

The event was cancelled. Levy was sad.

“I was disappointed that they canceled it,” Levy said. “I’m in the middle of a Republican primary here. The best thing that could ever happen to me is to have a bunch of liberal, pro-illegal immigration Democrats protesting me for being against illegal immigration. I couldn’t pay a million dollars to get publicity that good for me in a Republican primary.”

Ouch!…….

More……..

May 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Switching parties to run for Governor may cost Steve Levy some Campaign money….

[ Steve Levy, a candidate for New York governor, is being pressed to return contributions given before he became a Republican. ]

Steve Levy…..The Suffolk Country Executive that switched from a Democrat to a Republican to run for New York State Governor has $4.1 Million in his campaign chest……

Rick Lazio the other Republican has $610,000 in his…..

But things aren’t what you think…..

Levy accumulated almost all the money when he was a Democrat….

And some people are starting to ask for their money back…..

What’s a politician to do?

Democratic groups are arguing that Mr. Levy should not be able to hold on to the money because he recently abandoned the Democratic Party and decided to run as a Republican.

A spokesman for Mr. Levy said that the campaign had received very few calls from donors seeking refunds, and that it would evaluate the requests individually. Still, Mr. Levy’s case is prompting an interesting question in political circles: What is the etiquette for party-switchers on giving back donations?

When Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida announced last week that he was leaving the Republican Party to run for the United States Senate as an independent, top Republicans immediately demanded that he refund party contributions.

Neither federal campaign finance law nor similar state laws require candidates who defect to a rival party to return money they collected before their switch.

“It’s really a case-by-case situation,” said David Levinthal of the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group in Washington that tracks political contributions. “Each candidate has to decide whether sensitivities to donor outrage trump pocketing the cash.”

But Hank Sheinkopf, a prominent Democratic consultant in New York, said he would advise any candidate who switches parties to just return the money. Otherwise, he said, the candidate risks looking bad.

“These are cases of consumer fraud,” he offered playfully. “The label said ‘Democrat’ or it said ‘Republican.’ But when you opened up the package, you got the exact opposite.”

Sometimes, politicians give up the money without a lot of prodding, as did Senator Arlen Specterof Pennsylvania, who has refunded at least $850,000 since he quit the Republican Party last year to become a Democrat.

But other times, the situation can get messy……

More……..

May 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 4 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

Steve Levy probably won’t even get on the GOP ballot to run against Cuomo……

Hey…I told you so….

The guy is not well liked…..

And switching parties probably wasn’t the smartest thing he ever did…..

Come to think of it…..

This is probably why Steve Levy isn’t a well liked guy outside of Suffolk County , New York…..


State GOP chairman Ed Cox publicly raised the specter that his hand-picked candidate, Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, won’t get the 50 percent support among delegates at the Republican convention in June to get on the ballot at a Republican women’s conference this week.

The comment raised eyebrows, and came at a time when even some Republicans sympathetic to Levy are privately worrying his momentum seems stalled and they’re unclear on where he’ll scrape up enough support to pass the 50 percent he needs to make it on the line as a current registered Democrat.

Cox made the comment at the New York State Federation of Republican Women annual conference in Albany this week, after he was asked a question by a woman in the crowd about why he is backing Levy, two sources told the Knickerbocker.

State GOP communications director Alex Carey acknowledged that Cox said at some point in his response that “it is possible that he won’t get 50.1 percent,” but insisted “the majority of that answer was sort of framing the debate” with the head of the party insisting he himself isn’t steering people toward Levy.

“What he was trying to emphasize was that….he is not manipulating the various county chairs and the various delegates in any way,” Carey insisted.

Cox wooed Levy to run and has endorsed him in a primary where Lazio is running, as is Buffalo developer Carl Paladino. He’s privately told people he expects Levy will get 50 percent, and Levy’s allies had expected him to deliver it.

But with Levy’s support by most calculations still just shy of 25 percent, some insiders thought Cox could be trying to put some daylight between himself and the Suffolk County Executive – whose success or failure to get on the ballot is going to be painted as a referendum on the state chairman’s leadership.

More……..

The piece doesn’t mention Lazio once?

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Steve Levy probably won't even get on the GOP ballot to run against Cuomo……

Hey…I told you so….

The guy is not well liked…..

And switching parties probably wasn’t the smartest thing he ever did…..

Come to think of it…..

This is probably why Steve Levy isn’t a well liked guy outside of Suffolk County , New York…..


State GOP chairman Ed Cox publicly raised the specter that his hand-picked candidate, Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, won’t get the 50 percent support among delegates at the Republican convention in June to get on the ballot at a Republican women’s conference this week.

The comment raised eyebrows, and came at a time when even some Republicans sympathetic to Levy are privately worrying his momentum seems stalled and they’re unclear on where he’ll scrape up enough support to pass the 50 percent he needs to make it on the line as a current registered Democrat.

Cox made the comment at the New York State Federation of Republican Women annual conference in Albany this week, after he was asked a question by a woman in the crowd about why he is backing Levy, two sources told the Knickerbocker.

State GOP communications director Alex Carey acknowledged that Cox said at some point in his response that “it is possible that he won’t get 50.1 percent,” but insisted “the majority of that answer was sort of framing the debate” with the head of the party insisting he himself isn’t steering people toward Levy.

“What he was trying to emphasize was that….he is not manipulating the various county chairs and the various delegates in any way,” Carey insisted.

Cox wooed Levy to run and has endorsed him in a primary where Lazio is running, as is Buffalo developer Carl Paladino. He’s privately told people he expects Levy will get 50 percent, and Levy’s allies had expected him to deliver it.

But with Levy’s support by most calculations still just shy of 25 percent, some insiders thought Cox could be trying to put some daylight between himself and the Suffolk County Executive – whose success or failure to get on the ballot is going to be painted as a referendum on the state chairman’s leadership.

More……..

The piece doesn’t mention Lazio once?

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , | 2 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

Daniel on the Steve Levy switch to the GOP for the race for New York Governor…..

Hello Dog and good morning!

We’ve News out of your Home State of New York

Announcement:

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy (R-NY) made OFFICIAL his Gubernatorial Bid for the State of New York Friday.

Therefore I’m endorsing Levy for Governor of New York today. We need more Scott Brown’s in Blue States.

Statement from Levy announcing his Campaign:

Albany, NY (March 19, 2010) – Steve Levy, Suffolk County Executive, today announced he will join the Republican Party and seek the party’s nomination for New York State Governor. Levy was joined by New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox who lent his endorsement as well as a majority of the statewide Republican Party vice chairs who likewise endorsed Levy.
“The people I stand with today believe, as I do, that New York faces a critical juncture in its long and rich history, and they trust in my plan to restore fiscal stability to our state,” said Levy.

“And so today I am pleased to be joining the Republican Party and bring my long record of fiscal conservatism. I believe I represent New York ’s best hope for a better future,” Levy added.

Levy said since forming an exploratory committee for a gubernatorial run in January, he has met with Cox and other Republican leaders to talk the specifics of Levy’s “Contract for New York.”

“We are happy that Steve Levy has come over to the Republican Party with his outstanding record of fiscal conservatism and plan to save New York,” said Cox. “Now that he is officially registering in our party I am pleased to endorse his run for governor.”

“As a fellow Suffolk County resident, I have watched Steve exercise his brand of fiscal conservatism and efficient management that has earned him the respect and votes of Republicans throughout our county, and he will be able to put his executive experience to good use in helping to prevent New York state from becoming fiscally insolvent,” said Suffolk Republican Chairman John Jay LaValle.

“The public wants, expects and demands nothing less from our state government than what is contained in the plan I have presented,” said Levy. “Declaring a fiscal emergency. Capping spending. Capping property tax increases. Structural reform on every level and every line of the budget. An end to business as usual and the end to politics as usual.”

Levy continued, “The single most important thing the people of New York want to hear in the race this year is not ‘what party do you belong to,’ they want to hear ‘what is your plan to rescue our state?’

“The plan I am presenting has been resonating with residents of the Empire State who do not want to be taxed out of their homes, lose their jobs or see the state face bankruptcy.”

Steve Levy is the Suffolk County Executive. First elected in 2003, he won his he won his second term of office in 2007 with 96% of the vote — and was cross-endorsed by the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Independence parties.

Throughout his 25 years of public service, Levy has served as a fiscal watchdog and the consistent voice of the common taxpayer. In his first year in office as a Suffolk County Legislator, in 1986, Levy successfully sued the county for passing a budget that illegally pierced Suffolk’s spending caps and returned money to the taxpayer.
Upon taking office as County Executive in 2004, Levy pulled the county from a $238 million projected deficit, crafting the largest budget restructuring plan in the county’s history. By exercising spending restraint, Levy has presented six consecutive Suffolk budgets with a General Fund tax freeze or tax cut – including three with lower spending than the previous year’s adopted levels, an unprecedented feat.
His prudent, conservative fiscal management has earned Suffolk County six bond rating increases; and even through the difficult financial times of the last two years, the county has maintained its historically high ratings.

Steve Levy is the Suffolk County Executive. In 2007, he won his second term of office with 96% of the vote and was cross-endorsed by the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Independence parties. In January, Levy announced the formation of an exploratory committee to study the feasibility of his potential run for Governor of New York State.

Daniel G.

March 20, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments