Pataki's Last Session

This hasn’t been a great stretch for George Pataki hopes of going national, what with the departure of key staff in Iowa and a swift boot on the way out the door from Eliot Spitzer.

But a reader familiar with how Albany works notes that the special legislative session scheduled for December 13th gives Pataki a chance to breathe life into his presidential hopes.

Lifting the cap on charter schools and passing a civil confinement bill for sex offenders are the kind of bread and butter accomplishments Iowa and New Hampshire voters are sure to like.

Then again, the law creating charter schools in New York only passed when Pataki agreed to a pay raise for legislators, which is one more knock against his qualifications as a fiscal conservative.

So maybe the guy just can’t win.

— Azi Paybarah Pataki's Last Session