We reported a while back that Congressman John Sweeney was unhappy
with Pataki's lack of focus on the New York GOP and the World Trade Center rebuilding effort. He pointed to Pataki's heavy travel schedule to early primary states. Now State Sen. Joe Bruno is leveling the same charge
Bruno says, "when you have a Governor in exit mode that's a problem." He points to the huge electoral deficits facing Gubernatorial candidate John Faso, AG candidate Jeanine Pirro and Senate candidate John Spencer.
Pataki's response?"While I'm sure it's nerve-racking not having George Pataki at the top of the ticket, we're not interested in engaging in pre-emptive scapegoating -- we are focused on winning the elections at hand," said Michael Marr, Pataki's press secretary.
It seems to us at the Cooler that the legacy you leave has to impact your Presidential chances to a certain extent. That effects Romney and Huckabee as well, since the Gubernatorial candidates aiming to succeed them in Massachusettes and Arkansas face impending defeat- by large margins we might add.
Huckabee in particular has escaped the accusation that he is abandoning the state party at its time of need. Pataki hasn't been so lucky. Eventually caucusgoers will have to look at the legacy Pataki has left with the New York GOP and they will find a fractured, broken party with no statewide elected officials. Is that entirely Pataki's fault? Absolutely not. But he is doing the worst job of the 3 Governors in handling the media and chattering class perception of the issue.
Will Governors' Eliot Spitzer, Deveal Patrick, and Mike Beebe hurt Governors' Pataki, Romney, and Huckabee's bid for the Presidency? A lot will depend on how each man handles the fallout and right now Pataki seems to be in need of some damage control.