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    http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny--weld-nygovernor0424apr24,0,4700394.story?coll=ny-region-apnewyork Source: Weld talking to GOP about
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      Source: Weld talking to GOP about New York run

      AP Political Writer

      April 24, 2005, 10:48 AM EDT

      ALBANY, N.Y. -- Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld
      has had discussions with New York Republican officials
      about a possible run for governor or the U.S. Senate
      next year in the state where he has lived since 2000,
      a top GOP official said Sunday.

      The party official, speaking to The Associated Press
      on condition of anonymity, said there have been
      staff-level discussions between the two camps and
      direct conversations between at least one other top
      GOP official and Weld.

      The primary interest is in Weld running for governor,
      the source said.

      The talks between Weld and New York Republican
      officials were first reported by New York Magazine on
      Sunday for an issue of the weekly that hits newsstands
      on Monday. The magazine said Weld has been telling
      associates that GOP leaders approached him about

      State GOP Chairman Stephen Minarik said on Sunday that
      he had not met with Weld about running for statewide
      office in 2006. Minarik declined to discuss the matter
      beyond that.

      There has been much speculation in New York political
      circles that current Republican Gov. George Pataki
      will not seek a fourth term next year and instead has
      his eyes set on a possible run for the 2008 GOP
      presidential nomination. State Attorney General Eliot
      Spitzer, a Democrat, has announced that he is running
      for governor next year.

      Without Pataki, some Republican leaders have expressed
      concern the party lacks a big-name contender to take
      on Spitzer. Earlier this month, Rudolph Giuliani's top
      political aide said the former New York City mayor was
      too busy with business interests to run for governor
      or Senate next year.

      A Senate race would pit Weld against Democratic
      incumbent Hillary Rodham Clinton. While the two have
      been friends since working together as young lawyers
      on the Watergate hearings, Weld did give $1,000 to the
      former first lady's 2000 Senate opponent, then-U.S.
      Rep. Rick Lazio, according to federal campaign

      Those records show Weld also gave $4,000 to Giuliani's
      aborted 2000 Senate campaign against Clinton. The
      then-New York City mayor quit the race after being
      diagnosed with prostate cancer.

      Weld, a New York native, could not be reached
      immediately Sunday for comment and a telephone message
      left Sunday at the Leeds Weld & Co. private equity
      investment firm where he is a partner was not
      immediately returned.

      Sam Houston is the only two-state governor in history,
      having served as governor of Tennessee from 1827 to
      1829 and Texas from 1859 to 1861.

      Since moving back to New York five years ago from
      Massachusetts, Weld has kept speculation alive that he
      might run for governor of the state where he grew up.
      Raised on Long Island, Weld maintained a vacation
      retreat in New York's Adirondack Mountains even while
      governor of Massachusetts.

      "I'd be hard to stop" if I ran for governor of New
      York, Weld had told the AP in a 2000 interview.

      Weld was elected governor of Massachusetts in 1990 and
      easily re-elected in 1994. He was defeated in a 1996
      U.S. Senate race by Democratic incumbent John Kerry
      and resigned the next year to pursue then-President
      Clinton's nomination of him to become U.S. Ambassador
      to Mexico. The nomination was blocked by Sen. Jesse
      Helms, then chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations

      Since moving to New York, Weld has donated $1,000 to
      Pataki's successful 2002 campaign for a third term and
      that same year donated $3,000 to Republican John
      Faso's unsuccessful run for state comptroller,
      according to state Board of Election records.
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