Former Gov. George Pataki showed up at the state Republican convention in Rye Brook Wednesday and said the Republican ticket will win by appealing across party lines and staying away from the past strategy of dividing the electorate.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican, Democrat, Conservative or Liberal, you want a government that works,” he said while speaking to reporters in the lobby of the Hilton Westchester, where the convention was being held.
The candidates have to show that they’re interested in putting partisanship aside, as Astorino has done, Pataki said.
“He was overwhelmingly reelected because people regardless of party said this is an effective leader, this is an effective executive and we’re prepared to put aside our partisan politics to vote for someone who puts the people’s interests first,” he said.
He declined to offer an opinion on the Democrats already in office. Governing successfully is about finding common ground, he said.
“I think the American people, New Yorkers are fed up with parties demonizing each other,” he said.
Photo: Former Gov. George Pataki. Journal News file photo.