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Attn. Hillary, You May Have a Race Too

Posted by azi on February 13, 2006

KT McFarland, the Republican congressional candidate on Manhattan’s East Side has some “going interest” in running for Senate, her campaign said today.
I first mentioned this in my profile of her campaign consult Ed Rollins a few months ago.

When I asked “why not run her for Senate,” Rollins replied, “I talked about it today with her at lunch.” That was when Ed Cox and Jeanine Pirro were still running.
Now, that lunch chatter has found its way into an Albany Times Union piece.

McFarland, a former Regean aide with foreign policy experience, seems like a more formidable challenger for Hillary than John Spencer, the former mayor of Yonkers. But Spencer seemed ready to sow up Conservative Party support, making him the first candidate that Republicans and Conservatives agreed on.

O well.


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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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Long’s Bro for Faso

Posted by azi on February 10, 2006

Queens Conservative Party leader Tom Long, whose brother Michael heads the state party, endorsed John Faso for governor today.

Unless there is some serious sibling rivalry, it looks like Faso should get the state party’s nod.

Full disclosure: Faso’s press person (who didn’t email about this) was my boss at one point. Even more disclosure. Faso and I went to the same high school in Queens, along with Andrew Cuomo, Charles Hynes, Ray Kelly and Ray Romano—at slightly different times.

(hat tip: John DeSio)

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