Pataki Won't Challenge Clinton
NY1 reports that Governor Pataki will not challenge Hilary Clinton for her Senate seat in 2006. Excerpt:
Pataki: No, you know, four years ago when Senator Clinton was running for the first time and Mayor [Rudolph] Giuliani couldn't run because of prostate cancer, a lot of people said, 'Well you should step in and run.' I just have not been someone who wants to be a legislator. I do not want to be a United States Senator. I have a job that I am very proud to have and very grateful to the people of New York because they've given me this tremendous honor of being their governor... I certainly have no expectation that I will run for the Senate in 2006 and 2008, or any time thereafter."
It's still dubious how much of an actual threat he would have posed to Clinton, but now, unless Giuliani decided to challenge her, she should easily win re-election.
NY1's Dominic Carter goes on to say that Pataki "also declared while he has had a good working relationship with potential opponent Eliot Spitzer, he's heard concerns that the state Attorney General's crackdown on Wall Street could hurt business in the state."
Even if Spitzer's completely justified, well-waged, and historic campaign against bad business practices on Wall Street is something that hurts business in the state, at least he's doing something on behalf of his constituents that doesn't involve slapping his face on a national tragedy to gain political clout.