November 15, 2004


Schumer Says He Won't Run For Governor (RAYMOND HERNANDEZ and MICHAEL SLACKMAN, 11/16/04, NY Times)

Senator Charles E. Schumer on Monday ruled out running for governor of New York in 2006, saying that he would instead help lead the Democratic Party's efforts to retake the Senate.

Mr. Schumer's decision reshapes the political landscape in New York State and leaves the field open to Eliot Spitzer, the Democratic state attorney general, who has been gearing up for the campaign. Gov. George E. Pataki, a Republican in his third term, has not said whether he will seek re-election.

Mr. Schumer, 53, who was just re-elected to a second term with a record 71 percent of the vote, made his decision to stay in Washington after seriously considering a jump to Albany, in part because of the diminished role of Democrats in the Senate.

But top Democrats vigorously campaigned to keep him in Washington, promising him a spot on the powerful Finance Committee and persuading him to lead the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee through the midterm elections of 2006.

How's that Third Way project going?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 15, 2004 11:06 PM

Why take on Spitzer in a bloody primary?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 16, 2004 1:09 AM

The governorship is now Spitzer's to lose unless Giuliani runs for it. Pataki is not running for re-election but is instead opting for the Senate where his collegiality and skills at forging compromise will be assets.

Posted by: Bart at November 16, 2004 5:09 AM

Bart - I'm not sure Pataki is running for Senate - everything I've heard is that he's getting ready for an '08 or '12 presidential run. It would be good news if he ran for Senate in that he has a good chance of defeating Hillary.

Posted by: AWW at November 16, 2004 8:11 AM

Pataki has no connection the GOP base and would be about as effective in reaching it as Rockefeller was. He will not be the nominee.

Guiliani has his record in NYC, and of course his transformation from 9/11, which may be enough. Plus, he will draw moderates - Pataki will not.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 16, 2004 8:54 AM

Pataki is retiring from politics, he just doesn't know it yet.

Posted by: pj at November 16, 2004 9:04 AM

If Pataki were interested in replacing Bush in 2008, we would have seen his smiling face all over the country as he has tons of Wall Street money behind him, and hasn't had serious opposition since Cuomo. I don't think he even crossed the Delaware after the convention.

Jim is of course correct that Pataki, although he would make a good President IMHO, has no GOP primary base.

Hilary will graciously bow out of a re-election run should Pataki decide he wants the seat in 2006. She will claim that her desire to run for the Presidency will make it impossible for her to give her Senate duties the attention the good people of NY State deserve.

Posted by: Bart at November 16, 2004 10:09 AM

Schumer has the sword or the NRA hanging over him. We want this guy bad, the way we wanted former Senators Clark and Tidings

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 16, 2004 3:38 PM

So the best GOP result is Guliani for Gov and Pataki for senate. Pataki has no shot at president for the reasons stated above. As for Rudy. Google his divorce from Donna Hanover. It was a mess.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 17, 2004 6:57 PM


His divorce was a mess, because she's a psychotic, vindictive bitch. If information about that divorce got released, Rudy would get 95-97% of the male heterosexual vote in NY.

Posted by: Bart at November 18, 2004 7:02 AM