former massachusetts governor may run for new york governor
Source: Weld talking to GOP about New York run
By MARC HUMBERT
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
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
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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.