5 faith facts about George Pataki: A Catholic who doesn’t always toe the line

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Former New York governor and probable 2016 Republican presidential candidate George Pataki speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire April 17, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Former New York governor and probable 2016 Republican presidential candidate George Pataki speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire April 17, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brian Snyder *Editor: This photo may only be republished with RNS-PATAKI-FAITH, originally transmitted on May 28, 2015.

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(RNS) Pataki is Roman Catholic but has frequently taken stances that conflict with Catholic teaching.

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  • Larry

    Pataki is the only republican here under “faith facts” that I not only would vote for, but have voted for.

    Few people realize the efforts he went through after 9/11 in lobbying the federal government for additional resources for both rescue/cleanup and for survivor benefits for the families of its victims. This included domestic partners of all stripes.

  • MarkE

    This is what Republicans used to be like, not flaming fundamentalist Christians under the mask of the GOP. I could find common grounds on a great many of his positions, even on parental notification and reduced Medicare funding for abortions. And I’m a pretty liberal guy. Too bad he has little chance of making it through the GOP Primaries.

  • George Pataki is a bequest to the state courtesy the ever classy Alphonse d’Amato. The man hasn’t a political principle he would not betray were it expedient. His own bequest to the state was a collection of money-men who now own the state’s dysfunctional Republican Party. No clue why he’s running for President other than he gets a charge out of conning people he regards as ‘suckers’. His main activity in 12 years as New York’s governor was putting the state in hoc to Local 1199.

  • Greg1

    The question is: ‘why would Pataki even call himself a Catholic if he refuses to follow the Teachings of the Church: CINO.

  • Jack

    Larry, if every lib like you who said they voted for Pataki actually did so, he would have gotten 75% of the vote.

    Somebody’s lying somewhere.

    I don’t agree with Pataki on everything, but he was an excellent governor of New York State. He is presidential caliber.

  • Jack

    MarkE, be honest. If Pataki were the nominee, you’d vote for Hillary anyway….because with Hillary, you’d get the liberalism of Pataki on the social issues plus the liberalism of Hillary on other issues. With Hillary, you’d get the full liberal package.

  • Jack

    While I disagree with Pataki on the social issues, and while he compromised with Dennis Rivera’s grisly gang of union thugs, his record nonetheless compares well with those of other GOP governors of that era, including the ones who were supposedly more conservative.

    Compare Pataki to a conservative ideal and he falls short. But compare him to other governors of that era and his record is far more conservative.

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