Pataki, not on GOP radar, must fight for left flank

Saturday, May 30, 2015
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A political analyst says George Pataki, the former New York governor, is far too liberal to be a serious candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Pataki is the only GOP candidate "who's for abortion rights and homosexual rights, which is disappointing because he was once fairly conservative on cultural issues," says Tom Pauken, who once led the Texas Republican Party.

Pauken, TomPataki served three terms as New York governor after defeating Democrat Mario Cuomo in 1994. The liberal Republican flirted with presidential runs in 2008 and 2012 before declaring his candidacy on May 28.  

Pauken says other GOP candidates have a much better chance of securing the establishment GOP support if Jeb Bush falters. He says John Kasich, if he jumps in, will be a "formidable candidate" by pulling support from Bush.

"So I just don't see Pataki as a serious contender," the analyst concludes.

On the day he announced, Pataki's name was not included on any GOP polls tracked by RealClearPolitics. 

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