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DioGuardi in the race for the GOP line and won’t step off Conservative line

June 7, 2010

DioGuardi: I won’t step off Conservative line

Monday, June 7, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Ex-Rep. Joe DioGuardi blasts the process, touts his new book. (Jimmy Vielkind / Times Union)

Ex-Rep. Joe DioGuardi approached me at Saturday’s Independence Party convention to cry wolf on a deal being proffered by some Republican leaders to get him to step back from his  Conservative Party line in exchange for help getting on the Republican line.

DioGuardi aide Jim Kelly said that several Republican county chairs reached out to DioGuardi, offering to support him in his petition drive for the GOP line if he opened up the Conservative line. DioGuardi told them to take a hike.

“I’m not giving it up for anyone or anything,” he said, waving a copy of his about-to-be-released book. “The Republican leaders know that Joe DioGuardi won that line 31 percent…They’ve made that cake, and they have to eat that cake.”

Indeed, the DioGuardi camp made its case to GOP delegates with this message. Conservative Chairman Mike Long said he was sticking by him.

And there was DioGuardi on Saturday: the only candidate who was not nominated by the party to show up. He was not heard from the floor, and was not pleased with Independence Chairman Frank MacKay as a result. (The Indies backed Kirsten Gillibrand).

“Mr. MacKay would not open the process…He refused to at least let me make my statement,” DioGuardi said. “I am the poster man for what they stand for on fiscal responsibility.”

“How could they give it to Gillibrand who is lockstep with Obama?”


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