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Former Gov. George Pataki’s Back, And He’s ‘Involved’

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New York GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello introducing former Gov. George Pataki before handing him delegate credentials. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

New York GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello introducing former Gov. George Pataki before handing him delegate credentials. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld


MINNEAPOLIS–Any spat between New York GOP chair Joseph Mondello and former Gov. George Pataki seems to have been put aside for the sake of party unity, at least temporarily.

Pataki and Mondello have fought for years since Pataki sacked Mondello from his Republican National Committee position to install a loyalist during his final term as governor. Wednesday, however, the two hugged on stage after Mondello introduced him at the New York Delegation’s luncheon, showing no obvious signs of any cold feelings.

Mondello handed Pataki New York delegate credentials “with honor and humility,” and Pataki took the podium by storm, proclaiming, “Let me tell you: I’m back, I’m involved.”

Pataki had spent the last 18 months with a low profile after finishing his third term in the governor’s mansion, but he has spoken to multiple state delegations since the convention opened Monday. On Wednesday, he assailed Democratic nominee Barack Obama’s message of hope and change by saying “It’s change that takes away hope.”

After serving as both a legislator and as governor, Pataki said he learned more in 10 days as governor than he did in 10 years as a legislator, explicitly attacking Obama for what he sees as a lack of experience.

And he said he was “upset” by Obama’s speech to 200,000 supporters in Berlin. “We don’t need a citizen of the world to be president, we need an American hero.”

He answered questions from the news media after his stump speech:

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September 3, 2008 at 8:52 pm

On The Floor: New York Republican Party Chairman Joseph Mondello

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ST. Paul, Minn.–New York GOP chairman – and University alum – Joseph Mondello on the floor of the Republican National Convention, where he said Democrats talked about putting a woman on the ticket but Republicans did it.

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And a report indicates Mondello offered to make peace with former New York Gov. George Pataki, both of whom have been feuding for years; Pataki sacked him from the Republican National Committee during his last term in office to install a loyalist.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 2, 2008 at 12:38 am

New York GOP Chair Joe Mondello: Learn What ‘Middle America’ Is All About

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–At the first breakfast for the New York Republican Delegation, state party chair Joe Mondello told delegates to go out and learn from Minnesotans instead of being depressed about what Hurricane Gustav has done to their convention.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 1, 2008 at 10:22 am