Former New York Gov. George Pataki made another hint that he's planning to seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, sending an email blast touting an article in The New Yorker
that names him in a discussion of Mitt Romney's decision not to run.
Pataki's email focused on a quote tweeted Friday by political analyst Jeff Greenfield, who said
that Romney's decision "really opens the door for George Pataki."
Pataki, 69, announced
earlier this month that he was launching a super PAC to explore a possible presidential bid, and the email his camp sent out Friday, to point out The New Yorker piece, was likely another large hint that a campaign announcement could be coming.
However, John Cassidy, the writer of The New Yorker piece, included the tweet in a paragraph about jokes being made on Twitter at Romney's expense after his stunning decision to back out of the race and allow other voices in the party to be heard.
Cassidy pointed out that there were other pundits with their own tweets, including Eric Boehlert
of Media Matters, who tweeted:
And perhaps more jokingly, John Podhoretz
of the New York Post tweeted:
Cassidy's article, rather than suggesting the people who would benefit from Romney's announcement, detailed how he and other journalists believed Romney had called a press conference on Friday to announce he was running, not that he had decided to drop out.
Romney himself had been placing several hints about a campaign, and Cassidy writes "If you tried hard enough—or if you were a Republican political operative looking for another well-paid gig — that the idea of Romney entering the G.O.P. race and winning the nomination for a second time was a realistic proposition rather than a fantasy."
But shortly before Romney was to take the stage, radio show host Hugh Hewitt posted Romney's statements on his Web site, but Cassidy points out that Romney's most-quoted phrase about giving "other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee" was not all of the announcement.
Romney also pointed out a poll that showed him leading other possible contenders and saying he was "convinced that we could win the nomination," writes Cassidy, and that Romney believes "I would have the best chance of beating the eventual Democrat nominee.”
Cassidy and other pundits, though, believe that Romney's statement about allowing other leaders to be heard was a play for younger, lesser-known voices and not former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is in his 60s.
Aside from quoting Greenfield, though, Cassidy did not mention Pataki by name. The former New York governor is a well-known name in Republican circles who considered running for president in 2008 and 2012.
Pataki has also made his own jokes about the possibility, even telling The New York Times
earlier this month that "every four years you have the Olympics, you have the World Cup, and you have George Pataki in New Hampshire talking about running for president."
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