Monday, August 22, 2005

George Pataki is a nice guy - ouch

New Yorkers care about what we think, at least when it comes to their Governor/ PW George Pataki. Former state representative and gubernatorial candidate Steve Grubbs' Victory Enterprises put out a poll on the GOP class of Presidential Wannabes. From the Albany Times Union....

Nice guy running almost last

First published: Monday, August 22, 2005

When Gov. George Pataki heads to Iowa next month before his trip to China, he can take comfort knowing that while most Iowa residents wouldn't vote for him if their state's presidential caucuses were held now, they think he's a nice guy.

A poll by Victory Enterprises found only 2 percent of the 400 people questioned would vote for Pataki. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice got 30.3 percent, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had 16 percent, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was at 15.3 percent, and Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts drew 0.5 percent.

It’s an odd list of PWs, in part, because the survey went after the average caucus goers for his or her opinion. Dr. Rice? A smart woman, but she doesn’t have a PAC…yet.

At this point in the game, the GOP types with presidential aspirations are mostly interested in spreading some cash and visiting with the presumed opinion leaders in the state party. A more interesting survey is one that goes after the guarded opinions of the state and local pols, the GOP lobby types and big gun GOP fundraisers. You would probably have to run it as a focus group, and all those types in a room, without booze and protein, might make for a scary experience -- for the survey researchers -- but we’d get some good dirt. That’s work. So, to keep it simple, we just need to check out the money flow -- who’s giving and who’s receiving.

As for our own PW, checkout Namedpipe for some helpful background on Vilsack's PAC donors. There are a few names on the list with big-time connections to urban development. Should we look for those individuals to play a roll in how Governor Vilsack handles the legislative fallout from the Kelo decision?

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