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News: Politics, Keep Talking
Richardson praises Eliot Spitzer as "future" of Democratic Party
(14 comments; last comment posted June 4, 2005 12:26 am) print | email this story

Associated Press
June 2, 2005

SANTA FE (AP) - Gov. Bill Richardson, chairman of the Democratic Governors' Association, is predicting the party will win the governorship of New York in 2006.

Richardson co-hosted a $500-a-ticket fundraiser Wednesday for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer, currently New York's attorney general.

"I anticipate that out of the 36 governor races that we will have in '06, that Eliot Spitzer will be probably one of our more, if not the most significant, pickups that we have," Richardson told reporters.

Republican Gov. George Pataki, who is trailing Spitzer in polls, hasn't announced whether he will seek a fourth term next year.

Richardson described Spitzer as "the future of the party."

Spitzer praised Richardson's accomplishments as governor and his efforts to increase the role of governors in setting the national Democratic agenda.

"Governors should be the future of our party. We, as a Democratic Party, need to make it clear that we can be executives, that we can make tough decisions ... that we can balance budgets, that we can cut taxes," said Spitzer. "That is the message we need nationally and not coincidentally, that is precisely the message that Gov. Richardson can ... demonstrate and point to in his career here as governor."

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By Paul Henrickson (Submitted: 06/04/2005 12:26 am) ( Report this comment )
Richardson's support of Spitzeris a signal for Spitzer's political defeat.
By Kaaren Boullosa (Submitted: 06/02/2005 8:04 pm) ( Report this comment )
Here from Francis Fragos Townsend yet, Ray? She return your call? Deny saying any of those things in the Washington Post the other day? Heard of any denials coming out of her office since the interview appeared?

Don't feel bad. . .you know how women in power are - they just love to make a man feel small.
By Ray Hudock (Submitted: 06/02/2005 7:01 pm) ( Report this comment )
Being a "grandstander", doesn't mean that someone is necessarily ineffectual. Apply for a job at the NYT, they like people who can stretch someone's quote to support a political agenda.

If AG Spitzer, were GOP, he'd be a GOP "grandstander".
By Eric Scott (Submitted: 06/02/2005 2:31 pm) ( Report this comment )
I blew it folks, that under "here" should be "hear" .

I love the internet, we can fix what's wrong!
By Eric Scott (Submitted: 06/02/2005 1:31 pm) ( Report this comment )

by Edge of (which will take) course

don't be afraid...

You can go here.

You can go there.

You can just about go anywhere !

Edgerobics is doing your part somewhere

Patriotically exercise your voice daily

and show you care!
By Ken Bulko (Submitted: 06/02/2005 10:27 am) ( Report this comment )
Carlos, why are you surprised about Conventry? [ ]
By Varela James (Submitted: 06/02/2005 9:52 am) ( Report this comment )
Gov. Bill Richardson, chairman of the Democratic Governors' Association,should not focus on who will win the governorship of New York in 2006, worry about your own backyard pal !
By Kaaren Boullosa (Submitted: 06/02/2005 9:45 am) ( Report this comment )
Yeah, Ray, those corporations really didn't do anything bad. If he were a Republican you'd be taking up collections for a bronze statue in the town square.
By Kate Stone (Submitted: 06/02/2005 9:25 am) ( Report this comment )
Ray Hurdock flatly states that Elliot Spitzer is a "grandstander?" That would mean Spitzer is ineffectual. Please tell me how Elliot Spitzer has been ineffective as an Attorney General,Ray. Tell me what you know about his record that gives you the authority to comment.
By Carlos Trujillo (Submitted: 06/02/2005 9:12 am) ( Report this comment )
What an obnoxious remark by Mr. Coventry. This Governor has done more to move this state forward than any previous governor has. Surly, if you want to criticize him then find something to do so based on policy that does not work, or something more important other than his size. The tax cuts are putting money into the average working New Mexicans pockets. The problems at the Kerry campaign where national not just in NM—it was a poorly run campaign. I think we can have a proactive discourse, but your comments are obviously immature.
By Kaaren Boullosa (Submitted: 06/02/2005 8:09 am) ( Report this comment )
And stands a good chance of being so again, thanks to our tepidly looked after ports and chlorine plants.
By Ray Hudock (Submitted: 06/02/2005 7:50 am) ( Report this comment )
AG Spitzer is a "grandstander". He, like Rev. Jesse Jackson, uses his influence and political power to extort "fines" and obtain news coverage.
By Eric Scott (Submitted: 06/02/2005 7:22 am) ( Report this comment )
Ah New York, the victim of uncaptured Bin Laden. A State with proven leaders, let's support them all! Start here.

By John Coventry (Submitted: 06/02/2005 7:01 am) ( Report this comment )
Doesn’t our Governor Fat Bill ever stay home? While he’s living high on the hog in New York, New Mexicans can’t even afford pigs feet.

On this very page there is a story about New Mexico’s future financial problems and this story about our Governor’s right leaning “tax relief” position. Does he think he’s going to do the same kind of a job with the National Governor’s Association as he did with the Democratic Convention or the job he did for Kerry in New Mexico? Richardson is a extra large loser!

Heavy Richardson is just what he politically looks like…a big fat failure.

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