Gubernatorial Nominee Won’t Make House Bid

Posted September 13, 2007 at 12:56pm

Former state Assemblyman John Faso (R) told the New York Daily News this week that he does not plan to seek the GOP nomination in the 20th district next year.

“After two statewide races, I didn’t feel it was something I wanted to do at this point,” said Faso, who was the Republican nominee for governor in 2006 and the GOP standard-bearer in the 2002 race for state comptroller.

Faso, the former Assembly Minority Leader, refused to rule out a future run for public office, and said he hasn’t decided whether he’ll endorse any of the four Republican candidates looking to defeat freshman Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) before next year’s GOP primary.

Former state Republican Chairman Sandy Treadwell is the choice of national GOP leaders, but retired Army Lt. Col. Michael Roque, former state police officer John Wallace and Richard Wager, a former aide to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), also are seeking the Republican nomination.

— Josh Kurtz