Skip to comments.Republican Leaders Tell Pirro to End Senate Bid
Posted on 12/12/2005 8:08:27 PM PST by neverdem
ALBANY, Dec. 12 - After weeks of messy public squabbling, leaders of the New York Republican Party met in a smoke-free back room here on Monday and reversed course, urging Jeanine F. Pirro to quit her bid to unseat Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and run for state attorney general next year.
Ms. Pirro, the district attorney of Westchester County, immediately issued a statement rejecting the suggestion, saying, "I remain a candidate for U.S. Senate, but I greatly respect the opinion of the county chairs and their confidence in my abilities as a statewide candidate."
The shift by the party came just six months after many of the same Republican leaders recruited her for the bid, and it signaled the mounting disarray of a state party that finds itself in danger of losing the governor's mansion and its majority in the State Senate in 2006. Should Ms. Pirro ultimately pull out, as many party leaders expect, Republicans will be left without a high-profile challenger to Mrs. Clinton as she seeks a commanding re-election victory in advance of a possible presidential bid in 2008.
State and county Republican officials, meeting privately in Colonie, also voted to recommend William F. Weld as their choice to run for governor in 2006. But it was far from a clear victory for Mr. Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, who was born in New York and lives here now. While he won a plurality of the weighted vote of county leaders, an even larger portion of the vote was represented by leaders who abstained or stayed away from the meeting, with the leaders of traditional Republican strongholds like Nassau and Suffolk Counties conspicuously absent.
The vote for Mr. Weld was something of a surprise even to some in the room, because some prominent Republicans in Albany...
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Funny. In all the articles I've read about Weld until now, this tidbit wasn't mentioned. I guess the NY Slimes was waiting until he was the likely endorsed candidate to bring out the smear machine.
Mad Cow Disease for Senate ! AIDS for Governor !
Sounds like a sell-out---that some of the party leaders don't want a serious challenger to Hillary Clinton.
Wonder why not?
How can a Senate campaign be in dissaray when there is no race yet and absolutely nothing has happened? They aren't going to beat Hilary with any of these people, and they are wasting their time trying to get their own candidate to quit the race? And I doubt that billionaire can win for governor, either. The republicans sure know how to commit political suicide. I note the article does not mention a single terrible gaffe by Pirro. What's the big deal?
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I have been posting a ton of these stories in my site.
The republicans in this state are imploding fast.
I wish I could leave....
Why should she withdraw? Speaking as a voter who had no choice on the ballot as an alternative to Senator Kennedy and Kerry, it is nice to have a choice in an election.
I'm sorry.. I couldn't get passed the first line..
a "smoke-free backroom" kinda takes the imagery out of it..
Thanks for the link.
I'm kinda guilty of just wanting to see a NY catfight.
But I would hope a strong candidate could be found to oppose Hillary.
Unfortunately, that may not be possible at this time though.
RINO with slim to no chance of winning the Senate race. AG is still a possibility. The Conservative Party chairman will endorse her for that race.
why take Hillary Lite when you can keep the real one?
But wouldn't it be nice if the Republican Party could offer a choice against Hillary?
Pirro is a virtual twin of Clinton. She probably even wears the same pants suit as Hillary too.
Nobody is going to vote for her - for her to even entertain the idea of running for Senate, she must have been smoking something.
The ranks aint that thin.
The "Republican" Party in N.Y., as well as the "Conservative" Party in N.Y., deserve to lose.
The Republican Party picked Pirro. You stick by the candidate you choose, you don't sabotage the candidate.
The Conservatives had ample time to find a challenger, lay the ground work, and they did NOTHING. They only got uppity when Pirro was chosen. Tell me...how much fuss did they raise over Bloomberg? A true DEMOCRAT running as a Republican?
I recall little if any at all.
I don't respect the GOP appartus in that state and I don't respect the "conservative" apparatus in that state.
The only thing clear to me that they all seem determined to sabotage Pirro instead of Hillary. I'd like to know why. And I can't shake the feeling it's because they've been corrupted by Hillary/Dems operatives.
Thanks for the ping!
The Conservatives ran Ognibene against Bloomboob. The RINOs screwed Ognibene and prevented a primary. The Conservatives don't have to do anything when the pubbies run conservative candidates. We act as a brake when they run RINOs.
The voters should decide, not RINO establishment types
"Republican Leaders Tell Pirro to End Senate Bid"
There are no Republican leaders in NY. They are Democrats posing as Republicans. That is why they want Hillary.
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