Posted by MikeW on April 16, 1997 at 18:17:02:
In Reply to: Re: See article on Giuliani Goes to Albany,April 15 NYTimes,B1-B7 posted by Mary on April 16, 1997 at 00:54:34:
: : : The end of this article says it all: "But Democratic officials said Mr.Giuliani could have immense influence over the talks by publicly cajoling Republican Senators to break with Mr.Bruno. Privately, several accused him of using today's trip to creat an impression of action, without really doing anything.
: : : "If Ed Koch has been Mayor, he'd be pulling no punches," said one top Democrat official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "He'd create enough of a problem where Senators would have to go to the leader and say, "Get this guy off my back.'"
: : Giuliani lost whatever clout he might of had with the upstate Republicans when he backed Cuomo. That endorsement, by the way, will give him alot of political cover if the rent regs die (unlike Pataki, Cuomo would have twisted some arms to get the regs renewed).
: : In any case Giuliani is a fairly minor player in the game. The only ones with any real clout are Bruno, Silver, and Pataki.
: I read that Pataki voted twice in the past to not renew rent regulations (when he was in the Assembly).
I wouldn't look for too much help from Pataki. He lost pretty big in the City in the last election, and still won the state. He probably doesn't expect much support from city voters anyway, so he feels he doesn't have much to lose.
The best scenario Patakiwise is that he will try to broker a last minute compromise so he'll look like a hero. However, I would not bet on that occurring.
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