George Pataki
New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio, left, is joined by former N.Y. Gov. George Pataki during a news conference, Wednesday, March 10, 2010, in New York. Pataki, perhaps the most popular Republican in New York, endorsed Lazio in his GOP bid for governor this year. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Former New York Gov. George Pataki will headline an event in Lincoln next Monday mounting a national petition drive to repeal health care reform legislation.

Pataki will kick off the effort in Boston on Sunday, the 235th anniversary of the midnight ride of Paul Revere during the American Revolution.

On the next morning, Pataki will be in Lincoln at The Cornhusker hotel for an 8 a.m. rally.

Nebraska's Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson provided the 60th climactic vote clearing the way for Senate enactment of the health care reform legislation.

Pataki, a former Republican governor, will be joined by state and local elected officials at the hotel.

Leaflets advertising the event were distributed Tuesday at a Tea Party gathering in Lincoln.

Pataki, who is viewed as a possible long-shot presidential candidate in 2012, decided this week not to challenge Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in New York this autumn.

Instead, he has created Revere America, the organization that will launch a nationwide petition drive to "repeal and replace" the health care reform legislation recently approved by Congress.

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Pataki served three terms as governor from 1995 through 2006.

His petition drive is seeking 1 million signatures.

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