For Rick Lazio, the losing candidate in the Republican Primary to take on Andrew Cuomo for Governor of New York, it was a sombre scene. For those who follow third party politics, it was a bit more interesting. The Albany Times-Union reports:
After Paladino’s Buffalo victory speech, Rick Lazio came out and gave a quick concession speech: “We wish we had a different outcome but we’re proud of the quality and character of this campaign,” he said.
After thanking his supporters, Lazio was ushered out without answering any questions.
Next up was Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, who said that yes, Lazio for now would continue to run on his party line. Obviously, this is bad news for Paladino, who has an uphill climb against Cuomo to begin with. The prospect of a split GOP/Conservative vote makes it even more daunting. Long, who is known as a shrewd deal maker for his party, though did leave open the possibility that Lazio might step aside.
Two days ago it was Paladino who declared that, if he lost, he would continue to campaign on his Taxpayers Party ballot line.