George Pataki Succumbs to Reality

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NY NEWSDAY OUT)  (L-R) Governor George Pataki, his wife Libby and their daughters Emily and Allison pose for pictures on November 25, 2006 in New York City.  (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NY NEWSDAY OUT) (L-R) Governor George Pataki, his wife Libby and their daughters Emily and Allison pose for pictures on November 25, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images) Photo: Arnaldo Magnani/2006 Arnaldo Magnani

After months of flirting with a presidential candidacy, and a week of heavy petting, former New York governor George Pataki has decided not to run after all. According to YNN, a "source insisted that Pataki's decision was based mainly on family concerns." Presumably, the family was concerned that a concussion or some other kind of brain trauma had convinced Pataki that his doomed campaign would be anything but a late-night punch line. With Pataki now out, the contours of the race ... remain completely unchanged.

Pataki not running for president [YNN]