THE ELECTION: They Can Multiply Without Dividng

The new flock of can-do, centrist Republican Governors is a far cry from the conservative wing headed for Congress

The day after he unseated New York's Governor Mario Cuomo, George Pataki -- Republican state legislator, onetime mayor of the small city of Peekskill, former political nobody -- was promising to stick to his promises. Yes, he said at his first postvictory press conference, he would definitely sign a bill approving capital punishment, something Cuomo had repeatedly vetoed. And no, he would not back off from his pledge to cut state taxes 25% over four years. Pataki didn't need to be reminded that by talking tough on crime and pocketbook issues, Republicans had just picked up at least a dozen governorships....

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