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Ex-LI Rep. Lazio's $$ take for gov draws some buzz...

Some Republicans who declined to be identified wondered privately today if Republican Rick Lazio's showing $637G on hand after taking in $1.1 million for the six-month filing period bodes ill for his ability to sustain a major-league governor's race against Andrew Cuomo or David Paterson.

But Lazio campaign spokesman Barney Keller gave quite the opposite impression. He said:

“We are extremely happy with our fundraising so far. We are meeting all of our projections and we are confident that we will have the resources we need to effectively spread Rick’s message of bringing sweeping and fundamental change to Albany.”

 Lazio also has been denying that he'd shift targets -- that is, run for US Senate or for state attorney general assuming Cuomo runs for governor. Jeanine Pirro did that when she ran for the AG post that was to be vacated in 2006, shifting from the more daunting target of a US Senate campaign against then-incumbent Hillary Clinton.

Erie County Executive Chris Collins shows about $1 million on hand.

So far Suffolk Executive Steve Levy, a Democrat still considering a run for governor, has more campaign money on hand than either Paterson, Lazio, or Collins, reporting on Friday that his warchest is currently at $4,109,651.50. But interest on his fat bankroll far exceeded contributions -- which in the past six months accounted for only $ $3,162.08 of the total. He also spent about $804 during the period.

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