ROCHESTER - County Executive Greg Edwards covered a lot of ground Tuesday.
Calling from Rochester, Edwards told the OBSERVER that he was meeting with constituents, supporters and businesses throughout the day - on his way to Albany for an evening Republican event.
Admittedly, Edwards said he got a little anxious last week, as campaigning slowed down in the days after the Republican primary. However, having appeared publicly Friday with Carl Paladino for the first time, Edwards is back out and electioneering.
"Time was going by," Edwards said Tuesday. "I knew that Rick (Lazio) had to make up his mind, but eventually I just needed to move forward and the good news is that he announced Monday and we can move forward in a united front."
Lazio was left with only the Conservative Party line after the primaries. On Monday, he dropped out of the race - receiving a nomination for a judge position by the Bronx County Republican Committee. Such a nomination is one of only three ways a candidate can be removed from the ballot, the others being to move out of New York or die.
Lazio told The Associated Press on Monday that he wants to continue to influence the race and bring a workable job-creation program into a contest he says has devolved into name-calling between Paladino and Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo.
Conservative Party leaders on Wednesday made Paladino their candidate for governor, joining Republicans who also put the millionaire developer at the top of their ticket after spending months trying to tear him down.