“I can’t wait to be in New York City with Alphonse D’Amato, we are gonna have the time of our lives.” That’s how Republican presidential candidate John Kasich responded when I asked about D’Amato’s recent endorsement of Kasich.
Three term senator D’Amato has now been out of office, and a lobbyist, for nearly as long as he was in office. I asked Kasich what D’Amato’s endorsement signaled about Kasich’s general relationship with lobbyists. Here’s what he had to say:
D’Amato was George Pataki’s primary political patron, playing a key role in Pataki’s first gubernatorial run. Last week I asked Pataki about D’Amato’s endorsement of a Pataki competitor.