“Oh Weld…” - NYLP Nominee Drops Out

Bill Weld has decided to drop his bid to become governor of New York, dealing an unfortunate blow to the NYLP’s chances of winning ballot access in this year’s gubernatorial race.

From The Post-Star...

Republican Bill Weld dropped out the race for New York governor on Tuesday, paving the way for John Faso’s nomination.

The former Massachusetts governor ended his effort to be the first man since Sam Houston to be the governor of two states after he was defeated last week in a quest for the party designation by Faso, the former Assembly minority leader.

“It’s no secret I’m a believer in the utility of primaries in many contexts,” Weld said during a press conference at his Manhattan headquarters. “But I do think there’s a time to look beyond your aspirations for the bigger picture. This is not a time for a contested primary.”

The more socially moderate Weld lost to the more conservative Faso by campaigning as the Republicans’ best chance to win in November in the heavily Democratic state. But many of Weld’s supporters who urged him to run, including state GOP Chairman Stephen Minarik, on Monday encouraged him to drop out.

“I applaud Bill Weld for his selfless act of courage,” Minarik said Tuesday. “His actions today will help bring unity to the Republican Party and make our party’s chances to win the governor’s race even stronger.” Faso had just over 60 percent of the weighted vote at the state GOP convention on Long Island Thursday while Weld had under 40 percent. That assured Weld a spot on the ballot in a September primary. But Weld’s decision means the Republicans won’t have to divide their support and fundraising for a primary against Democrat Eliot Spitzer or Tom Suozzi.

Spitzer leads all candidates in polls and fundraising.

“I think he’s done the right thing,” said state Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long, when told of Weld’s decision. “That clearly gives John Faso a better shot at making this race competitive and raising the money he needs.”

Faso has the endorsement of the Conservative Party, without which no Republican has won statewide office since 1974.

Independent pollster Lee Miringoff said the Weld decision will allow Faso to set his sights clearly on the general election.

“Faso has to get people to start noticing and paying attention, and he needs to raise a lot of money in a hurry,” said Miringoff, head of Marist College’s Institute for Public Opinion. “That’s probably why getting Weld out of the picture works for him.”

And, Miringoff said the Weld decision allows the real battle to begin.

“The game plans can now be shaped and the strategies can be developed. The campaign effectively starts,” he said.

The decision came as a surprise because Weld has repeatedly said he wouldn’t drop out.

Weld, who gained the Libertarian Party endorsement, was still gaining some support Tuesday. St. Lawrence County Independence Party Chairman Lee J. Monnet broke ranks to support Weld over his party’s choice, Spitzer.

“Many non-enrolled and Independence Party voters should find Weld appealing as the outsider with experience versus insiders Faso and Spitzer,” said Libertarian state Chairman Richard Cooper in a press release before Weld’s announcement.

The Independence Party, the state’s third largest, endorsed Spitzer on Saturday.

“I support the Libertarian candidate William Weld for governor because I feel Mr. Weld is most suited to bring economic and political reform to New York state,” Monnet said before Weld’s announcement.

11 Responses to ““Oh Weld…” - NYLP Nominee Drops Out”

  1. ms Says:

    What a lying SOB. I usually vote republican but will vote LP in the hopes enough votes are cast so he is blamed for the loss.

    If the LPNY wants to mess him over they should begin to campaign for him. Put adds in the paper and run a campaign or short radio ads with the clip from you tube. Easy publicity and it may bring in enough votes for ballot access.

  2. Austin Cassidy Says:

    I already posted this on Hammer of Truth, but I’ll post it here as well…

    The LP had no candidate that was going to get the votes needed to get ballot access. What was traded was the chance to nominate a nobody that would do nothing for the party for the chance to cross-endorse a libertarian-leaning Republican and win ballot access.

    Nothing has been lost here, and at least some media coverage was gained.

    I completely understand Weld’s decision to drop out as well. You can call him a liar or whatever, but in the world of reality his campaign had run out of gas.

    He did win the LP line, but he lost the Conservative nomination. Then he lost the GOP endorsement by an embarrassingly wide-margin. Then the Independence Party nomination by an embarrasingly wide margin. Then the people that encouraged him to run jumped ship and asked him to drop out. He would have to have been a fool to continue, after this many defeats were dealt to him in quick succession.

    The LP did the right thing nominating him.

    Weld did the right thing dropping out.

  3. Stuart Richards Says:

    Blah, he stabbed us in the back. And he didn’t even mention the eminent domain thing, either.

  4. Thomas L. Knapp Says:

    Austin,

    It isn’t ALWAYS simple, but in this case it is:

    Weld promised the LP that he would remain their candidate whether or not he won the GOP ballot line. Period.

    He didn’t have to do that. He could have made an ambiguous promise, or no promise at all. Instead, he laid it out flat, and then broke his word as soon as it was more convenient to break it than to keep it.

    It’s not a matter of falling on his sword for the GOP and avoiding “spoiler” status, because Faso isn’t going to beat Spitzer. Faso is not going to beat Spitzer if Weld is the LP’s candidate, and Faso is not going to beat Spitzer if Weld is not the LP’s candidate.

    It’s purely and only a matter of keeping his word or breaking his word. That’s it, and that’s all.

    The only good thing to come out of this is that some of us (myself included) needed a sharp reminder that Republicans are liars, and we got it.

    Regards,
    Tom Knapp

  5. Rolf Lindgren Says:

    as usual, Tom hit the nail on the head.

  6. NewFederalist Says:

    You win a few, you lose a few and some just get rained out. Tough break for ballot access.

  7. Austin Cassidy Says:

    My guess is that Bill Weld’s promise, to him, meant that if Faso beat him in the primary he wouldn’t say “don’t vote for me” in the way past primary losers with minor party lines have done.

    His campaign never even got close to there, it basically exploded on the pad… and personally I guess I just have more sympathy for him. Right now he’s probably experiencing a career-ending failure with all sorts of attached personal humiliation. As the Libertarians haven’t really done much to help him out, I don’t think it’s the first thing on his mind.

    And as far as all Republicans being liars, that’s a tricky road to take when you start calling millions of voters liars and then turn around and ask them for their vote.

  8. George Whitfield Says:

    I am disappointed in William Weld as I was hoping that he would stick with the LP and campaign no matter what, but I suppose his seeking the LP’s endorsement was just a temporary alliance for him. I am glad I didn’t contribute to Weld’s campaign, that would have been a waste of my money.

  9. Eric Sundwall Says:

    I do have the video on his Eminent Domain ‘statement’ too.

    Not sure it matters at this point.

  10. Thomas L. Knapp Says:

    Austin,

    You write:

    “And as far as all Republicans being liars, that’s a tricky road to take when you start calling millions of voters liars and then turn around and ask them for their vote.”

    Given the unlikelihood of getting their votes in any case, I don’t see that it heightens the barrier very much to, instead of just asking them for their vote, also asking them to either a) stop lying to themselves by pretending they’re Republicans or b) stop lying to everyone else by pretending they’re libertarians. Anyone who’s willing to do the former is probably willing to do the first of the latter two. Anyone who isn’t willing to do one of the latter two probably isn’t willing to do the former.

    Regards,
    Tom Knapp

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