Exit Golisano. Now What?

So what does Tom Golisano‘s exit from the race for Governor mean? Aside from denying Roger Stone a house next door to Mike’s in Bermuda, of course.

“A good day for Bill Weld,” says one GOP official, presuming that this pushes Joe Bruno, reluctantly, to give up on his dreams of a self-financing challenger to Spitzer and get on board.

It also means that the summer’s most popular crime series won’t be a Golisano-financed fifty-part look at Weld’s Decker College mess. (Weld, Faso, and Manning all sent out releases praising Golisano.)

It also, however, sets the stage for a fairly straightforward Republican Primary competition, between a downstate moderate, Weld, and an Upstate conservative, John Faso. Faso might once have hoped to slip in between Weld and Golisano, but in an interview today, he said he’s still confident.

“I think I’m much more in tune with the grassroots of the Republican party. I’ve run in this state. They know who I am,” he said. “I think I will win the Conservative line and I think I will be the Republican nominee.”

And if that’s not enough for you, you can listen to my 8-minute conversation with Faso in .mp3 form, in which he said he didn’t expect to campaign much on social issues, that apparently taxes are a big deal, and that the “Albany lobbyist” label won’t stop him.

(What do people think about my using more audio? Obviously this one won’t top iTunes, and some old-journalism part of me is saying this is a very bad idea. But there doesn’t seem to be much reason for me to hoard interview and press-conference tapes.) Exit Golisano. Now What?