At Eleventh Hour, Pataki for Paladino

pataki2 At Eleventh Hour, Pataki for PaladinoDespite some awkward moments, George Pataki is endorsing Carl Paladino.

“While I don’t agree with my party’s nominee for Governor on any number of issues, we do agree on three essential Republican – Conservative core beliefs: the need to cut taxes, reduce spending and shrink the size of government,” Pataki wrote in an endorsement emailed this afternoon. “It is with these bedrock beliefs in mind that today I endorse Carl Paladino for Governor.”

(The two also agree on President Obama’s health care bill. Pataki has started his own organization to push for repeal of the bill, while Paladino has criticized Cuomo for not denouncing it.)

In September, Paladino called Pataki a “degenerate idiot,” which appeared on the cover of the Daily News the day after the primary. Pataki learned of the comment while at a Wall Street Journal forum that morning, when a questioner asked how he could be defending Paladino.

Pataki insisted it wasn’t about him.

“If, in fact, he has the agenda, and expresses it in a way that turns anger into policies that I think will make this a better state, then I’d certainly be inclined to support him, despite what he may have called me,” Pataki said.

Apparently, Pataki’s been satisfied on that score.

UPDATE: Paladino’s comments were not included in Pataki’s release, but the candidate’s camp just sent out its own statement touting the endorsement. “The man who slayed the first Cuomo says I am the man to beat Mario Jr.,” Paladino said. “I’m proud to carry Gov. Pataki’s endorsement and our party’s standard to victory at the polls tomorrow.”

Here’s the full release from Pataki:

“One-party rule has led New York State to the brink of ruin. The ethical and fiscal morass that Democratic control has wrought upon our state government can only end if we reestablish a vigorous two-party system. The best way to achieve this is through competitive statewide candidates.

While I don’t agree with my party’s nominee for Governor on any number of issues, we do agree on three essential Republican – Conservative core beliefs: the need to cut taxes, reduce spending and shrink the size of government. It is with these bedrock beliefs in mind that today I endorse Carl Paladino for Governor.”

And Paladino’s:

(BUFFALO, NY) – Former Governor of New York George Pataki today endorsed Buffalo builder Carl Paladino for Governor of New York.

“We do agree on three essential Republican-Conservative core beliefs:
the need to cut taxes, reduce spending and shrink the size of government,” Gov. Pataki said in a statement. “It is with these bedrock beliefs in mind that today I endorse Carl Paladino for Governor.”

“I am humbled to be endorsed by the last real Governor of New York State,” Paladino said. “And I stand strong with Gov. Pataki to lead this revolution to take back our State.”

“After Gov. Pataki, we’ve had nothing but failure in the Governor’s mansion; Spitzer and Paterson made a mockery of this once great state,” Paladino said. “Now the Albany insiders want to elect another of their own, and the taxpayers won’t settle for more of the same in Andrew Cuomo.”

“The man who slayed the first Cuomo says I am the man to beat Mario Jr.,” Paladino said. “I’m proud to carry Gov. Pataki’s endorsement and our party’s standard to victory at the polls tomorrow.”