Area G.O.P. split on Paladino candidacy

Paladino claimed post photographers had been stalking his illegitimate 10-year-old daughter - an assertion Dicker denies.

Paladino's candidacy also poses questions for the future of New York's Republican Party. Once a centrist organization of Rockefeller moderates, now Tea Party activists and divisive social issues are fracturing the party.

And the centrist and unopposed Sayward has noticed.

"I'm awfully glad I don't have competition this year because I think that if there was any year that 'throw the bums out' was the mantra, it's this year," she said.

Many political observers are wondering if a rightist GOP can even stay afloat in ever-blue New York State. The GOP has even lost its foothold on upstate Congressional districts that were once Republican strongholds.

And for Sayward, it may be time for something new.

"We know that in life, the answer lives in the middle. You can't just have this butting of heads all of the time - you just can't," Sayward said. "You can have different ideas, but at the end of the day - if there's an issue that's important statewide - there has to be compromise."

Sayward said a centrist third party could draw moderates from members of both parties that continually march toward the political extremes. She notes it could potentially prompt more of one of the hardest things to come by in Albany - compromise.

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