The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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NY: GOP’s State of Confusion

By · May, 31 2010

If  you haven’t heard, the New York legislature is a dysfunctional mess. Empire State voters are embarrassed, frustrated and angry over the partisan circus that has produced seemingly endless gridlock in Albany.

This week, the Republicans gather to nominate their gubernatorial choice, ostensibly the person who they believe will “fix the mess” in the state capital. But what voters are likely to see won’t inspire confidence.  But if it’s intrigue they’re looking for, there’s likely to be plenty.

Politico reports on rumors of a possible coup against busybody party chairman Ed Cox, although who might replace him isn’t exactly clear. His effort to deny Rick Lazio the guber nod by luring Long Island Democrat Steve Levy into the GOP’s big tent has turned into a colossal strategic blunder. Levy can’t find a Light Guv dance partner, nor is it certain he can even get himself on the ballot.

Just last week Myers Mermel (wasn’t he Roger Rabbit’s long lost uncle?) jumped into the race, which already included mercurial and controversial wealthy Upstate businessman Carl Paladino. Politico reports that party leaders expressed dismay with Cox on a recent conference call.

The party’s vice chairs – there are ten of them – held a conference call over the weekend with Cox, during which many of them expressed displeasure and confusion over the entrance of Myers Mermel, a fourth gubernatorial hopeful, into the race at the last minute. Cox himself sounded weary on the call, insiders said.

Cox has said he had nothing to do with Mermel getting in, although he revealed the candidacy to reporters before the candidate himself would confirm it.

Many Republican insiders privately say they find the timing of the businessman’s move, to drop his stand-alone LG bid and seek the top job just as the chairman’s recruited pick, Steve Levy, seemed to be stalled, questionable.

As the GOP’s circus comes to town, it makes Andrew Cuomo look like the only one capable of fixing the mess in Albany.

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