Questions surround who will run for governor on the Republican ticket next year

After Governor George Pataki?s (R-NY) announcement Wednesday that he will not seek a fourth term, many questions surround who will run in his place on the Republican ticket next year.

Rosemarie Panio, the chairman of the Westchester County Republican Committee, says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R-NY) and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani would be strong candidates. Panio says another Republican the party can look to is Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro. Pirro has already announced she would like to run for a state wide office.

Chairman of the Westchester County Democratic Party Reginald Lafayette says Pataki?s announcement has cleared the field so a new candidate can emerge. He feels the Democrats have the best candidate for the state of New York in Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer already has high polls numbers among New York residents.

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