GOP To Lazio: You Lost, Now Step Aside

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Republican leaders were calling on Rick Lazio to end his campaign for governor after losing his party’s primary to Tea Party favorite Carl Paladino.

Former U.S. Rep. Lazio continued to have the support of the state’s Conservative Party, and could run as its gubernatorial candidate in November.

That could draw critical support away from the millionaire Buffalo developer who won the Republican nomination, the state’s top GOP leaders said in a letter they addressed to Lazio on Tuesday.

The letter was signed by chairman Edward F. Cox and other party power brokers.

Lazio had been the Republican designee in last week’s primary, but was trounced by Paladino.

Lazio’s spokesman said they would file the correspondence with Cox’ other “inconsequential statements and letters.”

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  • joseph

    He’d better quit, or he’d better leave town. The voters will not put up with a “Nader” maneuver, if he ruins Paladino’s chances, the people should run him out of town. Spit on him. Loser.

  • DanTe

    Lazio’s vain enough to run as a spoiler. Than will bitterly wonder why nobody will vote for him thereafter. He’s just that kinda guy that most voters had saw through at the Primary.

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