Republican John Faso, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006 and state comptroller in 2002, announced today that he would not make another bid for comptroller in 2010.
Faso’s decision is a boon for incumbent Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli of Great Neck. He was considered a strong challenger to DiNapoli, a Democrat.
“I’ve decided not to run for comptroller,” Fasio said in an interview. “There’s a lot appeal to running for office this year for me, but professional and family obligations prevent me from doing so.”
Faso, who grew up in Massapequa and Seaford, was Assembly minority leader in 1998-02 and then ran a close raise against Democrat Alan Hevesi for comptroller. Faso was trounced by Eliot Spitzer, who garnered 69 percent of the vote for governor.
Faso, 57, announced his decision on Facebook. In an interview, he said it was unlikely he would run for another statewide office this year. “I hadn’t been considering other statewide offices.”