“To meddle for a half a second, I think if we had Mayor Giuliani for governor, and we had Governor Pataki for senator, we would be a large step toward a tidal wave, which would make 2010 comparable to 1994,” Mr. Gingrich said.
George Pataki is politically dead in New York and has been for years. Rudy Giuliani was popular in 2001 (when he last held elected office), but 2010 is nine years removed from that. Giuliani's presidential campaign was a disaster to his name. Giuliani is making a mint doing consulting and will probably stay there.
If the Republican Party was serious about developing the Republican brand it New York, it could have done several things. It could have said "no" to allowing Michael Bloomberg back on its ticket. It could have pulled out a victory for Jim Tedisco in a Congressional special election for the current senator's old seat. That election was in a Republican stronghold, after all. But it's loss one and loss two.
The Republican Party could have long ago called for a state constitutional convention and brought out a Newt-like plan for New York State to escape from years of fiscal mismanagement and corruption. The Republican party can still do this. I'm waiting.
When I ran for Manhattan Borough President in 2005, I was a sure loser in a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans about 7-1. But still, there are several rich Republicans in Manhattan who donate heavily to the party. It helps to build the brand to turn those numbers around. I received absolutely no help whatsoever.
Dream on, Newt Gingrich!
Gingrich Sees Cuomo in Next Race for Governor
Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, says New York Republicans should forget about Gov. David A. Paterson and plan for a campaign against a more likely Democratic nominee for governor next year, Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo.
Mr. Gingrich tried to energize the state party’s somewhat anemic annual dinner by conjuring an ideal Republican ticket for 2010 — though his Dream Team amounted to a blast from the past. “To meddle for a half a second, I think if we had Mayor Giuliani for governor, and we had Governor Pataki for senator, we would be a large step toward a tidal wave, which would make 2010 comparable to 1994,” Mr. Gingrich said.
The two dignitaries, not exactly pals, did not jump at the idea. George E. Pataki, who called himself “the former governor who left voluntarily,” mentioned Rudolph W. Giuliani only in promising to do his best for the party by “helping Rudy or whoever for governor.”
Mr. Giuliani said it was way too early to talk about 2010. But he said Democrats were leading the state “in exactly the wrong direction,” and he seemed to present himself as the one city official the party’s rank and file could trust. He said that not only was he the first Republican mayor of New York since the 1960s, “but I have a bigger distinction than that: I’m the first one to remain a Republican in about 60 years.”