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Pataki Endorsed by African-American Clergy

Buffalo, NY – With less than a week until Election Day, the three main gubernatorial candidates were in Buffalo Thursday.

In a move seen as significant by political analysts, incumbent Republican George Pataki picked up the endorsement of ten prominent African-American ministers during an appearance at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Michigan Avenue. The black community usually endorses Democratic candidates. The Democrat H. Carl McCall is African-American.

This governor remembered and kept his word," the Rev. Michael Chapman, pastor of St. John Baptist Church, said of support for the church's new Family Life Center, "not under pressure or obligation, but due to the integrity of his intent."

Following a morning of hand-shaking on Metro Rail Thursday, McCall discounted the ministers endorsements of Pataki.

"It doesn't mean a thing," he told the Buffalo News. "They will even tell you that does not translate into their congregations."

Independence Party candidate Thomas Golisano denied he was gearing down his television advertising in the waning days of the campaign.