As of this writing, it has been one week since the Republican voters of New York State made their voices heard and chose Carl Paladino over Rick Lazio, by a landslide, to represent them in the General Election against Andrew Cuomo on November 2, 2010. Rick Lazio has thus far ignored requests that he remove himself from the ballot, where he remains on the Conservative party line. Despite repeated pleas, even from his supporters, which have been left for him on his facebook page, Mr. Lazio has been silent on the matter and time is running out.
The deadline imposed by the State Board of Elections for the ballots to be finalized is September 27, 2010. If Rick Lazio remains on the ballot on the Conservative line, there will be a three-way race between him, Carl Paladino, and Andrew Cuomo, causing the votes against Mr. Cuomo to be split and virtually guaranteeing a Cuomo victory. Hundreds of voters, TEA Party activists and other concerned groups have signed a letter to Mr. Lazio urging him to step aside so that the ballot lines in opposition to Andrew Cuomo can be consolidated into a unified and more powerful vote against Andrew Cuomo’s gubernatorial aspirations.
Mr. Lazio has claimed to care about New York, but his actions prove otherwise. In the full week since his stunning defeat in the republican Primary, Rick Lazio hasn’t even bothered to post to his own facebook page to thank the people who have supported him. If he shows such little appreciation for those who have worked to help him, what does that say about his ability to lead the entire State?
Before the Primary, Rick Lazio would not even face Carl Paladino in a debate. This shows cowardice, as does the fact that he has been all but hidden ever since his resounding defeat on September 14. His disregard for the voters, both before and after the Primary and his silence afterward, demonstrates that he does not have what it takes neither to win an Election versus a powerful candidate like Andrew Cuomo nor to govern the State of New York even if he did, by some miracle, win the General Election on November 2.
If Rick Lazio truly cares about the people of the State of New York and wants to help spare them from another Cuomo governorship, he will step down off the ballot and support Carl Paladino for Governor. However, even if Mr. Lazio chooses to be a sore loser and ignore the voters by remaining on the ballot as a spoiler, New Yorkers can still make their voices heard by voting for Carl Paladino on Election Day.
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