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Albany Times Union: From Guilderland to governor’s mansion?

Town board member Warren Redlich seeks GOP, Libertarian support

By RICK KARLIN, Capitol bureau

ALBANY — It may be a leap from Guilderland town board member to the governor’s office, but Warren Redlich thinks he has a shot. If, that is, he can muster some help from the Libertarian Party and “tea party” activists in his effort to take on GOP frontrunner Rick Lazio in a Republican primary.

Hoping to channel voter frustration with incumbents and the economy, Redlich characterized Lazio — a former congressman turned Wall Street executive — as too much of an insider.

If elected, Redlich said he’d work to limit public employee salaries to no more than $100,000, and would push for wholesale elimination of agencies such as the state’s Office for Technology — whose work, Redlich believes, could be better performed by private contractors.

“The first thing is to get on the ballot,” he said in a news conference held Monday at the Capitol.

Redlich hopes to run for governor on both the Republican and Libertarian lines.

A lawyer by trade, Redlich ran unsuccessfully on the GOP line against longtime 21st District Democratic Congressman Mike McNulty in 2006.

Also running: Kristin Davis

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