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Dan Senor…..Possible New York Senate Republican candidate……

[Dan Senor is expected to decide within a month on a candidacy.]

Ah, what about all that Fox Cable time…..does that help?

And Rick Lazio needs to start a new career guess, huh?

Mr. Senor, 38, who is married to the CNN anchorwoman Campbell Brown, is expected to decide in the next month whether to run. The discussions between Mr. Senor and the Republican leaders reflect their dissatisfaction with the existing field of Republican candidates in the state and their consensus that Ms. Gillibrand remains vulnerable to a challenger in the election this fall.

In recent weeks, as Democratic political prospects have soured, a number of big-name Republicans — including Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor and presidential candidate — have urged Mr. Senor to consider running.

“Rudy is very impressed with him and pleased that he is considering running,” said Anthony V. Carbonetti, a senior adviser to Mr. Giuliani, who said the former mayor had lunch with Mr. Senor a few days ago.

Among others who have encouraged him are Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the chairman of theNational Republican Senatorial Committee; Michael R. Long, the leader of the New York Conservative Party; and Edward F. Cox, the chairman of the state’s Republican Party, according to people with direct knowledge of the conversations

The Republican leaders, who cautioned that they were not backing any single candidate, have told Mr. Senor that his deep ties in the party, expertise on national security and background as a businessman would make him a formidable candidate. His New York roots do not hurt, either: he was born in Utica, which could appeal to upstate voters wary of his Manhattan address.

Mr. Senor declined to be interviewed for this article.

Ms. Gillibrand, who was appointed to the Senate last year by Gov. David A. Paterson, appears to be cruising toward the Democratic nomination, but the depth of her support across the state is unclear. National Democratic leaders have aggressively, and successfully, sought to elbow out potential primary challengers to Ms. Gillibrand, like Representative Steve Israel and Harold E. Ford Jr., a former United States representative from Tennessee.

She has had lackluster poll ratings, and with Democrats headed into difficult midterm elections, Republicans see a chance to win a Senate seat in New York. So far, two Republicans have said they will run: Bruce A. Blakeman, who dropped out of the New York mayoral race last year, and David Malpass, a former economist at Bear Stearns who worked in the Reagan administration.

As a late entry into the race, Mr. Senor would need to raise an estimated $15 million over the next seven months to compete in the primary and then against Ms. Gillibrand, who is known as a thoroughbred in the Democratic fund-raising world. Republican Party leaders have pledged to aid him, and a number of influential donors have told him that they will raise money for him if he runs.

Powerful surrogates are already vouching for Mr. Senor (pronounced See-NOR). Last weekend, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, promoted Mr. Senor as a possible Senate candidate during a speech to big donors of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas, Mr. Graham’s office confirmed.

A Senor Senate candidacy could complicate the work of his wife, whose nightly program on CNN emphasizes its nonpartisan approach to news and politics. Her program at one point embraced the tagline “No bias. No bull.”


March 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 5 Comments