Three-term governor and failed presidential hopeful George Pataki has a new project: a museum and learning center honoring his administration. . .Hopefully Mr. Gargano and Mr. Pataki will be successful: As successful as they were at reviving the upstate economy and as successful as they were at controlling state spending.
Top Pataki aides are raising money for the museum, which has little precedent among U.S. museums or educational institutions. . . .
Backers hope to raise $500,000 in private funds in the first year . . . The effort is being headed by Charles Gargano, who was Pataki's top statewide economic development official.
New York's current fiscal mess was not created by the Spitzer/Patterson administration. It was created by Mr. Pataki's abandonment of the conservative principles that got him elected in the first place. After the welcome initial housecleaning and honeymoon (about 18 months) he became every bit as bad as what preceded him -- only the faces of the friends on the take changed.
His desire for a museum to honor his Albany years aptly demonstrates how out of touch he was with what he was creating.