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Conservative Highlights

Posted by azi on February 13, 2006

Highlights from the Conservative Party meeting in Albany, courtesy of one talkative attendee:

Pat Manning called Eliot Spitzer Shelly Sliver‘s “lap dog”;

John Faso reiterated he is pro-life, despite some remarks earlier hinting to the contrary;

Bill Weld promised to run as a conservative, even if he doesn’t get the GOP line; and

Randy Daniels, despite his conservative platform, picked up as much support as Weld.

That attendee, who isn’t working on any races, said Weld “isn’t on the radar” of most conservatives. But with about 60% of conservative county leaders backing either Faso or Manning, Weld did score some points “for just showing up.”


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Statewide Term Limits

Posted by azi on February 8, 2006

Bill Weld thinks it’s a good idea.

In a speech in Rochester today, he said, “I believe eight years in the same office should be enough for everybody: the Governor, the Attorney General, the Comptroller, and our legislators.”

Before letting the reform-mantle  go, Weld  dove into (he’s always diving into something, eh?) the etymology of  the word gerrymander.

“The term gerrymander comes from an old district in Massachusetts that was constructed in such a way as to ensure the election of someone from a particular party. It was said to look like a salamander. And since the Governor at that time was named Gerry, the district became known as the ‘Gerrymander.’ “

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