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November 05, 2009


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So in your professional analysis, how do you explain the fact that he initially took control of the GOP conference as a conservative insurgent against the "overly moderate" establishment and then slowly drifted leftward during his tenure? He was in his mid-60s when he became majority leader so if his working class roots were as determinative as you suggest, then why did it not manifest itself until his majority got smaller and smaller?

Bob Conner

Well, as I said, Pataki drifted left too, and presumably political calculation had something to do with it. He and Bruno wanted the support or at least neutrality of powerful unions. But maybe Bruno's opinions did "evolve," as libs might say. Isn't that what you'd say happened with his position on gay marriage?

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