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Endorsement season heats up

ALBANY -- A sure sign the campaigns are coming to an end? Big-gun endorsements are rolling out.

This morning, former Gov. Hugh Carey endorsed Andrew Cuomo for governor. Carey, first elected in 1974, was a two-term governor of New York.

The endorsement by Carey shows time, in politics, can heal wounds. Andrew Cuomo's father, Mario, served as lieutenant governor under Carey, and their feuds were legendary. In his diaries, Mario Cuomo even had a separate listing in the book's index under Carey's entry just for "Cuomo's disagreements with.''

Next up on the endorsement parade is former president Bill Clinton, who is set to appear with Cuomo tomorrow at an event in Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, Dan Donovan, the Republican running for attorney general, last night brought our four prominent politicians to back his campaign. Standing with him at a fundraiser in Manhattan were former Gov. George Pataki, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former New York Mayor Ed Koch. Also backing him was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has become one of the nation's most sought-after endorsements by Republicans looking to push a conservative, change-government theme.

-- Tom Precious

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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