Politics

Former New York Gov. Pataki strongly considering White House run

Alec Jacobs Contributor

The Republican field of presidential candidates could be about to get even more crowded.

Sources tell NY1 that former New York Gov. George Pataki is considering making a run for the White House. Though the race could be tough for a candidate who would start off several months behind his opponents in terms of fundraising and meeting voters on the ground in key primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire, Pataki is said to be mulling over an entry into the race. (Rove on Palin: ‘I think she gets in’)

The Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee approached Pataki in early 2009, two years after he left office, about running for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. He declined.

Pataki has still been active politically, most notably with the creation of a nonprofit organization called Revere America, dedicated to repealing President Obama’s health care reform law. Pataki called the act “horrific.”

NY1 reports that Pataki was recently spotted watching the Republican primary debate at a bar in Chelsea, New York.