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Sunday, 03 November 2002 12:00 AM

George Pataki is set to win a third term to New York’s governorship.

This is a truly amazing feat for the Republican Pataki.

Pataki was savagely and unfairly attacked by third-party candidate Thomas Golisano.

Golisano has spent more than $54 million in a rather vicious attempt to steal conservative voters away from Pataki and give the election to liberal Democrat Carl McCall.

The Golisano scheme is not working.

No one can fault a billionaire for running for office and spending his money on the principles he believes in.

But it is clear that Golisano has no principles. As late as this weekend, he was even thinking of withdrawing from the race to help Democrat McCall win.

Golisano decided not to do that, but his intent was and is clear – and thinking conservatives and Republicans are wise to Golisano and sticking with Pataki.

Pataki has done a great job as governor, but his latest high ratings in the polls are a testament to his great political abilities.

He has brought into the Republican fold African-Americans, Latinos, unions, and even independent-thinking Democrats.

His efforts to outreach should be emulated nationally.

Blacks, who vote as a bloc of 90 percent for the Democratic Party and give Democrats their power at almost every level of government, are being shunned for national positions.

After Tuesday’s election, there likely will not be one African-American who will be a governor in any of the 50 states, nor will any African-American sit among 100 U.S. senators.

Al Sharpton and African-Americans have a legitimate grievance with the Democratic party over this.

The Democrats have used African-Americans to gain power. But when it comes to promoting them and funding them and getting them elected, the national Democrats disappear.

Carl McCall’s candidacy in New York is a perfect example.

For decades Carl paid his dues to the Democratic Party. A talented man, he was qualified for high office. When Carl finally made his bid for the New York governorship, the Democratic Party deserted him.

How sad.

When will African-Americans realize that they are being used by the Democratic Party?

Meanwhile, look at the Republicans in the White House. Colin Powell holds the most senior Cabinet position and Condi Rice, the most senior national security position.

Message to African-Americans: Look for action, not talk. Don’t place all your bets on one party.

Chris Matthews, in his usual frank manner, seemed exasperated today.

"Is Clinton Boss Tweed?" Matthews asked on his newly syndicated show, "The Chris Matthews Show."

Matthews noted that Bill Clinton has left the White House but is still the boss of the Democratic Party.

He is in Florida as the main attraction. He orchestrated the withdrawal of Torricelli from the Senate race. His hand was in the Mondale selection. His operatives were working to get Golisano to withdraw from the New York race.

Matthews said the endgame for Boss Tweed is clear: Getting Hillary in the White House.

As Matthews noted, with Hillary as president, Boss Tweed will be there as well.

It’s too early to make conclusions about an election before it ends.

But a word about current Republican National Committee Chairman Marc Racicot is in order.

Racicot is the former governor of Montana.

He has done a tremendous job revitalizing the Republican Party.

This weekend, he appeared on NBC’s "Meet the Press" with Tim Russert, along with Terry McAuliffe, the DNC chief.

Racicot came across as cool, calm and confident. He is articulate, a quality lacking in many of the previous RNC heads. McAuliffe, who comes across as a used car salesman, has finally met his match.

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