Pataki’s Gold

Here’s a blast from the past: a 1997 ad featuring George Pataki introducing the new Metrocard Gold. (Does anybody even remember the blue cards?)

With dramatic music and the happiest people The Politicker has ever seen emerging from an elevated train station, Pataki closes the ad with, “Metrocard Gold, the beginning of a whole new transit system.”

The series of announcements provoked controversy at the time, some of you may recall, when Democrats accused Pataki of using his office for political and personal gain.

Sounds familiar, somehow…

Also, The Hotline on Call reports that Pataki will be seeking to reach a more national audience in the days ahead, with scheduled stops in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina and what “aides bill as a major speech on energy in DC.”

—Nicole Brydson