NEW YORK (CNN) – Former New York Gov. George Pataki – who once led the fight to keep John McCain off the presidential primary ballot in the state – endorsed the Arizona senator’s White House bid Monday in New York City.
The former governor had largely faded from political life since abandoning plans for a presidential run of his own last year.
In 2000, Pataki – one of President Bush’s chief New York supporters – said that McCain had not met the state’s stiff ballot access requirements, and that they could not be waived. After protracted legal discussions between attorneys for the Arizona senator and the state party, he ultimately abandoned that position in time for McCain to appear on the ballot.
–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand