Lazio bows out, criticizes 'flawed' candidates

Monday, September 27, 2010 - 01:16 PM

Lazio withdraws and criticizes both \"flawed\" gubernatorial candidates. (Azi Paybarah / WNYC)

Former Rep. Rick Lazio said he will not pursue a gubernatorial campaign along the conservative party line, but stopped short of endorsing the man who beat him in the Republican primary, seemingly warning of Carl Paladino's "outrageous promises" and lack of policy specifics.

Lazio, appearing in the Sheraton hotel in midtown with his wife, described his "evolutionary" decision to withdraw from the race following the Sept. 14 defeat, saying in the days that followed, he had thought he could put together a "viable" campaign. Ultimately, he said, that was not possible.

"Although I'd like to think I could do what Jim Buckley did forty years ago running on the Conservative Party line, and while my heart beckons me forward, my head tells me that my continued presence on the Conservative line would simply lead to the election of Andrew Cuomo and the continuation of an entrenched political machine," said Lazio, referring to the leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate. "I do not want to be responsible for that."

In explaining his decision to remain neutral, Paladino said both major party candidates are "flawed...but this is the choice that we have."

The entirety of Lazio's remarks seemed to be aimed at Paladino, warning voters not to let sweeping rhetoric and raging emotions guide the decisions in November.

"Neither raw emotions, nor empty slogans and false promises are the solutions" Lazio said. "I understand that people are angry. I get the whole primal scream thing." He added, "In my view, this anger will not go away until jobs are restored and until decent ethical leaders return to our state capital."

Lazio's harsh, if indirect shots at Paladino, prompted one reporter to ask what Paladino had to do to get Lazio's endorsement, go to anger management class?

Lazio laughed.

Even before the press conference in the basement of the hotel ended, reports were out that the Conservative Party line would replace Lazio's name with Palaidno's.


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Comments [5]


Hallelujah. Lazio was/is unelectable. He generates NO enthusiasm. He was the Republicans sacrificial lamb against Hilary and this was the payback. But the people saw through it and went for the maverick who at least has some fire in his belly. Cuomo, is just another tired old political hack. We have had enough of that ilk. Go Paladino-cause I'm mad as hell too!!

Sep. 28 2010 12:00 AM

The Koch bros. and Murdoch or their machinery paid off Lazio. The republican party is the corrupt party....the party of criminals and murderers who are responsible for 1,000,000 innocent Iraqi deaths. The republican party created the Great Recession and expanded government more than any party in US history. Do you research and don’t vote with your emotions of anger and rage. Your emotions are primitive and are not suited for making important electoral decisions. Look at the facts. Look at who created this Great Recession in 2005. Look at the republican party…the party of criminals that caused great damage to this country. How could anyone with a sane mind vote for the very ones that trashed this country? If Americans vote for republicans and return them to office in November, Americans deserve their slide into 3rd world status and the WW3 that will inevitably develop and begin under the warmonger republicans.

Sep. 27 2010 11:58 PM

Bunch of idiots. The tea party extremists are undermining the republican party. I love it. It means that the Democrats will more than likely lose seats, but remain in control and in majority in the Congress. Turning the Congress over to the do nothing, vote nothing, spread lies republicans would be the biggest most horrendous mistake that Americans ever make. Americans screwed up when they elected Bush to 2 terms. They screwed up when they elected Nixon. Same with Hoover, and Bush 1. All stupid mistakes by Americans that set the country back 20-50 years.

Sep. 27 2010 11:53 PM

Sep. 27 2010 11:48 PM

What a smoke screen. Hs has been paid to leave directly or indirectly. You will see

Sep. 27 2010 11:08 PM

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