The Daily News decided to skip endorsing a candidate for governor ahead of next month's Repubican primary and went straight to endorsing Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate, for the job: "There is no point in taking further stock of the candidates vying for the Republican nomination in next month's primary. Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino have been that awful... New Yorkers deserve a return to the Executive Mansion of a governor with the fiber to hold to fundamental principles. That is not Lazio. A former Long Island congressman, he was handily defeated for Senate by Hillary Clinton in 2000. He wanted a comeback but drew scant enthusiasm from party leaders and is running scared against [Carl] Paladino, an upstate real estate developer whose proposals range from ill-informed to illegal."