Ending months of speculation, Thomas Golisano, the billionaire owner of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team, said he will not seek the Republican nomination for governor of New York.
The New York gubernatorial race won't be the same without Golisano. He ran for governor as the candidate of the Independence Party in 1994, 1998 and 2002. In 2002 Golisano spent $75 million of his own money only to finish a distant third with 14 percent of the vote.
The apparent Democratic nominee, State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, will face either former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld or former state Assembly Minority Leader John Faso. There is some talk that Spitzer might face a primary challenge from Nassau County executive Tom Suozzi.