Edwards Says He's Teaming With Paladino

September 23, 2010 Updated Sep 23, 2010 at 11:39 PM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

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September 23, 2010 Updated Sep 23, 2010 at 11:39 PM EDT


BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- It's a confusing set up for the November ballot. Greg Edwards won the GOP primary for lieutenant governor, paired with Rick Lazio for governor. And despite Lazio's defeat in the primary against Carl Paladino, Lazio and Edwards remain on the conservative line.

But Edwards is also on the republican line with Paladino, since he defeated Paladino's running mate Tom Ognibene in the primary. It's hoped the November ballot will soon be a little easier to understand. "Carl and I had a number of meetings and that gave me a chance to meet the rest of his team... who are committed to the same result," Edwards said.

One of those meetings was held Thursday night. Soon after, Edwards said he has decided to move forward in the election with Paladino. "Delivering for Carl and with Carl, a governor that can really change Albany," Edwards said. "My decision has already been made, I'm going to run for lieutenant governor as I said I was going to at the very beginning. I'm thrilled to partner up with Carl Paladino and the tsunami of support that he received during that primary."

Meantime, many are still waiting to hear from Lazio on whether he will stay on the ballot on the conservative line. "Lazio won the conservative primary for governor so he is still on the conservative line for governor with Greg Edwards as his running mate," political analyst Bob Davis said. "Very confusing, I know all parties are trying to sort this out with less than 6 weeks to go now."

"It is {Lazio's} decision and his decision alone on how this goes forward," Edwards said. "But I know Rick Lazio is a man of character, integrity, and knows what's right for the people of New York State and believe he'll make the right decision and we'll be able to go forward from here."