N.Y. Times Endorses Pataki for Gov.
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NEW YORK (AP) _ The editorial board of the New York Times has endorsed Gov. George Pataki for a third term, calling him the most qualified candidate to lead the state during its ongoing financial troubles.
The endorsement, published Sunday in the newspaper’s Week in Review section, offered muted praise for Pataki’s record. The editorial called the Republican governor a ``generally sensible steward of the public’s money″ and said he helped the environment, small businesses and the state’s elderly population during his two terms in office.
But the editorial board criticized Pataki for being ``secretive″ about his fundraising and for failing to demand significant reform in the state Legislature. It also disparaged state housing programs for the mentally ill that were adopted during Pataki’s administration.
The endorsement said the governor’s race did not provide voters with an ``inspiring set of options″ but called Pataki a better choice than his opponents. It said Democrat H. Carl McCall had run a poor and indecisive campaign and described third-party candidate Tom Golisano as too inexperienced to be governor.
``Mr. Pataki has disappointed us frequently in the past, but within the available field, he strikes us as the best bet,″ the endorsement read.
Newsday endorsed Pataki on Saturday. The Daily News and the New York Post have not yet made their endorsements.