Ex-Gov. Pataki Weighing Presidential Run

ALBANY (AP) -

Former Gov. George Pataki is reportedly considering a run for president in 2016.

The three-term Republican governor recently met with influential GOP donor David Koch. Pataki was mentioned as a potential presidential contender before the 2008 and 2012 elections. Since leaving office, he launched a consulting firm and joined a New York City-based law firm.

If the 69-year-old moderate Republican is serious about running for president in 2016, he would join at two other New Yorkers believed to be eyeing a White House run — Gov. Cuomo and Hillary Clinton, both Democrats.

David Catalfamo, a former Pataki adviser, said speculation about Pataki may be fueled by his recent criticism of President Obama, his work to highlight government debt and rising terrorism worries. He noted that Pataki and Koch are friends and that their meeting shouldn’t be taken as evidence of presidential plans.

“Any chatter like that is dramatically premature,” he said.