Former New York Governor George Pataki is visiting the Upstate Monday, as rumors swirl that the last Republican governor of the Empire State is considering a possible White House run in 2016.
Pataki will speak at Wofford College in Spartanburg on Monday evening. The school said he will speak about the challenge of leadership during Wofford’s annual Hipp Lecture on International Affairs and National Security.
Pataki was governor of New York during the 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center. He served three terms in office from 1995-2006. Since leaving office, he has worked for an environmental and energy consulting firm he helped found Pataki-Cahill Group.
South Carolina has the first GOP presidential primary in the South in 2016. Although Pataki has not made any public comments about entering the race, he has also made trips in the past few weeks to another early primary state New Hampshire. If he did run, most analysts would view him as a longshot underdog.
The Hipp Lecture Series was created in 2011. School leaders say it’s a way to capture the attention of students and the public, and draw them into important conversations on applying American leadership and ideals to the challenges of international affairs past, present and future. It is named after school alumnus Vann D. Hipp, Jr., a former SCGOP chairman who now chairs American Defense International in Washington.