We spoke briefly with John Faso about the 2014 gubernatorial race and how it compares to Faso’s race as the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2006. Faso, then an Assembly Member from Columbia County, faced many of the same challenges that Rob Astorino faces this year; including limited name recognition, a widely known and popular opponent holding statewide office and a dramatic money gap. Faso was unable to really ever get traction, and lost to Eliot Spitzer by more than 30 percentage points.
We spoke with Faso at the New York State Business Council conference, just before Astorino addressed the group. I began by asking what he sees in terms of both similarities and differences between his 2006 race and Astorino’s current campaign. Faso offered an interesting set of differences, while recognizing the steep odds facing Astorino.