State GOPers Want Lazio to Give Up on Gov Try
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 22: Rick Lazio speaks after being endorsed for governor of the state of New York by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani during a news conference December 22, 2009 in New York, New York. The endorsement by Giuliani is expected to make Lazio the front-runner for the Republican nomination for governor. Lazio, who is from Long Island, ran an unsuccessful campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton for a US Senate seat in 2000. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 Updated at 8:30 AM EDT
New York Republican leaders are calling on Rick Lazio to end his campaign for governor after losing his party's primary to tea party favorite Carl Paladino.
Former U.S. Rep. Lazio continues to have the support of the state's Conservative Party, and could run as its gubernatorial candidate in November.
But that could draw critical support away from the millionaire Buffalo developer who won the Republican nomination, the state's top GOP leaders said in a letter they addressed to Lazio on Tuesday.
The letter was signed by chairman Edward F. Cox and other party power brokers.
Lazio had been the Republican designee in last week's primary, but was trounced by Paladino.
Lazio's spokesman said they would file the correspondence with Cox' other "inconsequential statements and letters.''
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