The Return of Rick Lazio?

An old friend from elections of yesteryear may be making a run for the New York governorship in 2010. From the New York Times: Former Representative ...
by | January 16, 2009

An old friend from elections of yesteryear may be making a run for the New York governorship in 2010. From the New York Times:

Former Representative Rick Lazio, a Long Island Republican who rose to prominence by challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton in her first Senate race, is exploring the possibility of running for governor next year.

In recent weeks, Mr. Lazio, who retired from Congress in 2000, has had conversations with Republican elected officials, party leaders and fund-raisers to discuss the pros and cons of a possible candidacy, according to three people he has consulted about the race.

Elizabeth Benjamin of the New York Daily News says a Lazio campaign is likely:

Lazio was fairly coy with The Times, saying only that he has had conversations with people about running and considers it "an honor to be thought of as an attractive candidate."

A source close to Lazio who spoke with me after the story broke yesterday went considerably further, ranking the likelihood of Lazio's gubernatorial run as an "8.5" on a scale of one to 10.

Lazio would at least give New York Republicans a well-known name in the governor's race, but he's not exactly a top-tier candidate. He only received 43% of the vote in his much-touted 2000 campaign against Clinton and hasn't held elected office since then.

Josh Goodman
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