Apparently breaking late this afternoon (per the Boston Globe’s James Pindell) : former New York Governor and long-shot Presidential contender George Pataki intends to abandon his bid for the White House. After entering the race in the summer but never really gaining any steam, the moderate former Governor, who had made a name for himself as the Governor of New York State during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was calling his supporters in the first-in-the-nation-primary state of New Hampshire to tell them about his decision.
We here at GovMatt.com have not been including Governor Pataki on our “Power Rankings”for quite some time. We delisted him after he failed to qualify for the “GOP Undercard” debates. Having been out of his governorship for years and without a strong base of fundraising support, Pataki’s only real hope to claw into the national dialogue was as a moderate, establishment figure who could get some momentum in the granite state primary. Because it seems like that, more and more, was not something that was in the cards, it looks like the GOP primary drops one more in 2015.