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  As Pataki Turns: Could This Be It For George?
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ContributorThe Sunset Provision 
Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Apr 04, 2005 06:50pm
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News DateMonday, April 4, 2005 10:55:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe late humorist Fred Allen wasn’t thinking of Albany when he entitled his memoirs Treadmill to Oblivion. But the phase neatly describes the experience of recent New York Governors who saw the state’s executive mansion on Eagle Street as a roadside motel and another, more glamorous residence on Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue as their final destination.

George Pataki, more than halfway through his third term and seemingly no closer to national prominence than he was a decade ago, evidently hasn’t given up on the notion that he may yet find something other than a nice pension awaiting him when his time in Albany has run its course. If so, he would shatter recent precedent. No sitting New York Governor since Franklin Roosevelt in 1932 has won national office. Some have tried (Thomas Dewey, Nelson Rockefeller); some were mentioned, and mentioned, and mentioned again (Mario Cuomo); and some seemed ready if asked (Hugh Carey). Only Mr. Rockefeller was able to move—albeit indirectly—into national office, but his appointment to succeed Gerald Ford as Vice President in 1974 was more like an award for lifetime achievement than an earned prize.
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