Rick and Newt
Rick Lazio has, on several occasions, been linked to Newt Gingrich, "one of the more unpopular conservative figures in America," according to Francesca Gessner of CBS News, causing many one New York's moderate voters to cringe with disapproval.
One of these links occurs in a 30-second ad titled "Stand," run on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The commercial links Lazio to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, claiming Lazio supported many of Gingrich's measures.
In the ad, people are asked if they knew that for four years Lazio was Gingrich's deputy whip in Congress, that he helped write and pass the Gingrich budget with two hundred and seventy billion in Medicare cuts, and that he and Gingrich voted for the largest education cuts in history.
"Regarding Medicare, Lazio voted in 1995 to reduce the rate of growth in Medicare spending," said Gessner. "Lazio's campaign contends that cutting the rate of growth is not actually in the Medicare budget."
With regard to education, Ed Draves, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) political-action director said Lazio slashed education funding and college education benefits, causing the AFL-CIO to drawback on endorsing him. According to
vote-smart.org, In 1997 Lazio voted against an amendment to increase funding for education and training programs.
Comedyzine.com lists, among its "Advantages of Rick Lazio as Senator," that he's "used to kissing Newt Gingrich's ass. Easy transition to kiss Trent Lott's ass."