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POST strikes (out) again
« on: May 22, 2006, 10:27:46 AM »
(I suppose that if you are a Conservative then the reasoning might make sense.
Gives me more motivation to root for the others.   8-)

More doings until a coronation in Nov.

I heartily agree that Republicans would be well served by a hotly contested primary. Democracy would do them and the state a lot of good. )

http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/editorial/64075.htm

FOR THE REPUBLICANS: FASO

May 22, 2006 -- The seeming inevitability of Eliot Spitzer has conservatives of conscience in New York so disheart ened that many may be tempted to forego statewide elections this year - especially the race for governor.

Which could be disastrous for healthy two-party politics in the state for many years to come.

Taking a pass on going to the polls could result in a third-place finish (or fourth or fifth) for the GOP's gubernatorial nominee - embarrassing the party, costing it the second line on the ballot and weakening it even further, possibly for years.

Even Democrats enthralled with the notion of regaining the Executive Chamber should fret about the prospect of prolonged one-party rule. Albany's dysfunction can only grow worse in such a circumstance.

It is with all this in mind that The Post today endorses John Faso for the GOP nomination for governor in 2006.

Faso has an admirable career of public service in New York, a principled voting record as a state assemblyman and healthy thoughts about how to steer the state back to fiscal sanity: He would be a good governor, the looming Spitzer tsunami notwithstanding.

Meanwhile, would-be nominee William Weld offers an arguably commendable record as a former Massachusetts governor, but projects a current worldview that differs little from that of Democratic frontrunner Eliot Spitzer.

Weld is an echo, not a choice.

That's why Faso has a near-lock on the Conservative Party's gubernatorial endorsement. Thus, as the GOP nominee as well, he'd spare Republicans a painful choice between GOP and Conservative candidates that could leave the Republican Party with a third-place finish.

Impossible? Think back to 1990, when Pierre Rinfret headed the GOP ticket and Herb London ran as the Conservative: Republicans barely came in second.

The consequences of a third-place finish would be far-reaching. It would mean a drop from line A down to oblivion - and organizational and ballot-access chaos for the party - for at least four years, perhaps longer.

Let's be honest: Disenchantment among GOPers is deep. Republican leaders in the state (Gov. Pataki and state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, in particular) have long since abandoned the party's principles - and still not made a dent in its slow-motion electoral slide.

Frankly, a case can be made that Faso sounds a lot like George Pataki circa 1994 (while Weld resonates very much like the 2006 edition).

Now, we understand that voter surveys, especially the respected Quinnipiac Poll, show Spitzer clobbering both Faso and Weld.

But with Faso heading the ticket - articulate, hard-working and engaging - the party will be in a position to revive its principles.

Certainly no candidate is as dedicated to holding back state spending and keeping down taxes as he is. That's a goal that ranks at the top for many New Yorkers.

He also has a reputation as a social conservative: He opposes abortion and gay marriage. Though that won't appeal to many liberals in November, it will attract core conservatives. And anyway, his views are hardly as "extremist" as his critics try to pretend.

By contrast, Weld, despite a respectable fiscal record in Massachusetts, has absolutely no experience in New York politics. And he quit his Bay State office early; combined with his sudden decision to run here, it's fair to question his commitment to any principles.

Faso can do much good for the GOP. Delegates at next week's Republican convention would do well to make him their designee. There'd still likely be a primary between him and Weld, but then GOP voters could make the final choice in September.

Right now, Faso is their best hope.

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(A third or lower place finish for Republicans. What a wonderful dream that would be!)


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