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    Brian Kolb (R-Finger Lakes/Syracuse Area) Announces Run For NYS Governor In 2018

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/first-r...bid-1513118403

    First Republican Announces N.Y. Gubernatorial Bid

    Brian Kolb, leader of the Assembly GOP conference, will challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2018

    By Mike Vilensky
    Dec. 12, 2017

    The leader of the New York Assembly Republican conference, Brian Kolb, on Tuesday announced he is running for governor, the first Republican to enter the 2018 race against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

    Mr. Kolb, 65 years old, has represented the Finger Lakes Region as a state assemblyman for nearly 18 years. He was elected to lead the minority GOP conference in 2009.

    “I’ve had an ongoing belief that we can do better,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “Whenever I ask the question is New York government working for you, 98% of people say it is not. If it is, vote for Cuomo.”

    Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, is running for a third term. Democrats have a roughly two-to-one registration advantage in the state, and Mr. Cuomo has about $25 million in campaign funds on hand.

    The most recent Republican governor was George Pataki, who served between 1995 and 2006.

    The Republican Party had been hoping to coalesce around a candidate later this year and avoid a primary, GOP officials have said. The nominating convention is in May.

    Harry Wilson, a corporate turnaround expert and former member of the Obama administration, and John DeFrancisco, a Syracuse-area senator, have said they are considering seeking the nomination.

    Mr. Kolb said he would step aside for a different nominee “if we have a fair and open convention.”

    A campaign spokesman for Mr. Cuomo didn’t comment.

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    Wait, this guy is probably a Buffalo Bills fan.


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    How do these guys compare, Albany? I don't follow NY politics enough to know. Are they very similar in their beliefs or are they at opposite ends of the spectrum altogether?

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    And just be aware going into this, just like any election, in any state for that matter, that most of your major cities all vote sweepingly democratic. Meanwhile, all of your voters residing outside of major cities, and making up the vast majority of the land, will vote REPUBLICAN. It's the same old dynamic and all I can say is THANK GOD when it comes to presidential elections that we have this thing called the ELECTORAL COLLEGE or else every election would be decided by major cities like NYC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainejet View Post
    And just be aware going into this, just like any election, in any state for that matter, that most of your major cities all vote sweepingly democratic. Meanwhile, all of your voters residing outside of major cities, and making up the vast majority of the land, will vote REPUBLICAN. It's the same old dynamic and all I can say is THANK GOD when it comes to presidential elections that we have this thing called the ELECTORAL COLLEGE or else every election would be decided by major cities like NYC.
    Yeah

    That damn popular vote thing that every civilized democracy except us uses is BAD BAD BAD.

    We need to continue with your more rational one cow, one vote system

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    Sadly, the Republicans in New York State - from Niagara Falls north of Buffalo to Montauk Point on the far eastern end of Long Island - are completely useless.

    If NYS Republicans were smart they would offer their 2018 gubernatorial candidacy to someone like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, et al. Republican state governors who know, for the most part, what the F they're supposed to do as Republican governors.

    Maybe Brian Kolb will surprise us. Who knows?

    Insofar as the Electoral College goes: Without it Democrats would campaign only in cities and win the White House election after election. And those who do not live in cities would eventually have no elected representation and would likely starve to death within a few years. Yup, starve.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sg3 View Post
    Yeah

    That damn popular vote thing that every civilized democracy except us uses is BAD BAD BAD.

    We need to continue with your more rational one cow, one vote system

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    YES, it is bad, bad, bad. Our founding fathers had the wisdom of creating the electoral college a long time ago. They realized the fundamental mistake of allowing cities to decide elections when they represent such a small percentage of the land and the problems the country faces. It's also never going to change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbanyJet View Post
    Sadly, the Republicans in New York State - from Niagara Falls north of Buffalo to Montauk Point on the far eastern end of Long Island - are completely useless.

    If NYS Republicans were smart they would offer their 2018 gubernatorial candidacy to someone like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, et al. Republican state governors who know, for the most part, what the F they're supposed to do as Republican governors.

    Maybe Brian Kolb will surprise us. Who knows?

    Insofar as the Electoral College goes: Without it Democrats would campaign only in cities and win the White House election after election. And those who do not live in cities would eventually have no elected representation and would likely starve to death within a few years. Yup, starve.

    AGREED

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbanyJet View Post
    Sadly, the Republicans in New York State - from Niagara Falls north of Buffalo to Montauk Point on the far eastern end of Long Island - are completely useless.

    If NYS Republicans were smart they would offer their 2018 gubernatorial candidacy to someone like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, et al. Republican state governors who know, for the most part, what the F they're supposed to do as Republican governors.

    Maybe Brian Kolb will surprise us. Who knows?

    Insofar as the Electoral College goes: Without it Democrats would campaign only in cities and win the White House election after election. And those who do not live in cities would eventually have no elected representation and would likely starve to death within a few years. Yup, starve.

    In regards to useless Republicans, I take it you're referring to R.I.N.O. Republicans? If that's the case, Maine has the same problem. Susan Collins is as useless as tits on a bull.

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    NYS Republicans are the worst. NYS Republicans need to draft someone like Scott Walker (R-WI) to run for Governor in New York.


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    Update: Brian Kolb (R) dropped out of the NYS Governors race.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbanyJet View Post
    NYS Republicans are the worst. NYS Republicans need to draft someone like Scott Walker (R-WI) to run for Governor in New York.

    Well, a guy like that would essentially be a lot like Paul Lepage without the constant back and forth with others. Paul Lepage, while pissing off many groups of people due to his uncompromising outlook on doing things in a conservative manner, has accomplished a LOT and really set the state of Maine up for long term success. He's truly been a refreshing change from most of those full of sh*t Republicans you often run into. He's the kind of guy that you'll know with no uncertain terms that he means what he says. He will NOT, ever promise anything he cannot keep.

    Now whether people like that or not, remains to be seen? I like it. I just know that is honesty will often be portrayed as something bad.

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