Pataki endorses GOP's Rick Lazio for governor

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Former Gov. George Pataki, perhaps the most
popular Republican in New York, is endorsing Rick Lazio in his GOP
bid for governor this year.

Pataki is scheduled to make the endorsement Wednesday afternoon in Manhattan.

Lazio is a former congressman from Long Island who has collected endorsements from most Republican county chairmen and many
Conservative Party leaders around the state.

Lazio spokesman Barney Keller says Pataki's backing is another indication Lazio has support to, as he put it, sweep clean the dysfunction in Albany.

Pataki, who retired as governor four years ago, is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. The polls show Pataki has strong support statewide for a return to politics.

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