The New York Times is reporting that Bill Weld, the former popular Republican governor of Massachusetts, will be running for Governor of New York. Weld, with his name recognition and proven ability to win as a Republican (albeit of the liberal wing) twice in Taxachusetts becomes a legitimate opponent of grandstanding attorney general Eliot Spitzer who has felt surely that he was a mortal lock for the governor's mansion.
Weld still faces an uphill battle in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans something like 4 or 5 to 1. Weld is a serious candidate and is almost certain to get the backing of Giuliani, Bloomberg, Pataki and draw the interest of the national party who may now think that the Reps have a fighting chance.
Spitzer who customarily avoids battles by using the power of his office as well as threat of class action suits to compel plea bargains, now may have a real fight on his hands.