Former New York Governor George Pataki, who knew better than to run for a fourth term as governor because New Yorkers were sick and tired of him, now wants to inflict his charm on all of America... or show Fox News he can be an analyst... or he likes taking money from his rich friends. Something like that—because he's announced he's running for president!
Pataki released a four-minute video that outlines why he'd be better than the 100 other people vying for the Republican nomination. You see him tying his shoelaces. You see him tying his tie. You see him reading a newspaper while being driven in a car. You see him in a photograph with Mayor Bloomberg. You see him staring out at post-9/11 lower Manhattan. His combover looks the same. He's still incredibly bland.
He says, "Washington has grown too big, too powerful, too expensive and too intrusive. This is exactly what the founding fathers feared. It is time to stand up, protect our freedom and take back this government."
Four years ago, when rumors of a Pataki presidential run surfaced, we ran a story titled, "Pataki's Presidential Aspirations Seem Desperate, Stupid, South Park-Inspired," noting a Tweet from political reporter Colin Campbell, "1) Build website. 2) ???? 3) Voters vote for Pataki in New Hampshire 4) ???? 5) Presidency" We also created a pretty terrific graphic! An upstate Republican Assemblyman, the late Thomas Kirwan, who was in office during the Pataki years, sniped at the time, "Pataki the first two years was great, then we went on a spending binge. The federal debt runup was rivaled only by what we did in New York under George Pataki."
One of Pataki's "problems" is that he's actually got liberal views—as NY Magazine noted in 2011, "The hurdles to becoming President Pataki are formidable, if not insurmountable. The governor is personable, disciplined, and determined. But he still hasn’t mastered the political arts of delivering a rousing speech and commanding a stage. (Of course, John Kerry hasn’t, either.) More important, Pataki’s positions on guns, gays, and abortion, which sell in New York, would find few takers in the Republican heartland."
Further, while Pataki brags about helping rebuild NYC after 9/11, USA Today points out, "but Democrat Andrew Cuomo, the son of Mario who was seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Pataki, slammed his leadership in an April 2002 interview with reporters. 'He held the leader’s coat,' Cuomo said, referring to Giuliani as the leader, according to The New York Times. 'He was a great assistant to the leader. But he was not a leader.'" Pataki promised that 1 World Trade Center would be completed in 2008. That promise was somewhat flawed.
The NY Post spoke to Pataki earlier this week about his 2016 dreams and included this quote from Republican consultant Ed Rollins, "I just don’t see where he could win. I’m not sure he could win in New York anymore."
In his video, Pataki says, "If we are to flourish as a people, we have to fall in love with America again." He's in New Hampshire today for the big announcement.