Former New York Governor Pataki Mulls Run for the White House

Former New York Governor George Pataki, a Republican who considered running for the White House four years ago, is again mulling a presidential campaign.

“Governor Pataki is seriously considering getting into the 2012 race,” said his former communications director, David Catalfamo. “He is deeply disappointed by President Obama’s utter failure of leadership on the debt issue and in the lack of real solutions being offered by the current Republican field of candidates.”

Catalfamo said there was an “urgency to the decision- making process.” The governor will be in Iowa, site of the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating caucuses, this weekend,

Pataki, 65, was chairman of a nonprofit political group in the last election, Revere America, which spent $3 million to help elect Republican congressional candidates. The group did not disclose its donors. He declined entreaties to run against Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand last year.

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