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Thompson Is Said to Mull a Run Against Gillibrand
NY Times ^ | November 26, 2009 | DANNY HAKIM

Posted on 11/26/2009 11:59:50 AM PST by neverdem

ALBANY — City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr., weighing his options in the wake of a surprisingly close loss in the mayoral race, is seriously considering challenging Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in next year’s primary elections, according to people who have spoken to Mr. Thompson and his advisers.

Challenging Senator Gillibrand is one of three options being mulled by Mr. Thompson and his advisers. He is also considering a run against the state comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, in the primaries, or returning to the private sector for now and running again for mayor in 2013.

With the primary 10 months away, he is expected to make a decision on any statewide bid by mid-January at the latest. Those with knowledge of the deliberations between Mr. Thompson and his advisers spoke on the condition of anonymity, because he has not yet decided which course to pursue.

That Mr. Thompson is considering a run for the United States Senate underscores...


“I think the more the numbers keep coming out saying she’s vulnerable, the more people will try to figure out where she stands on the issues,” said Representative José E. Serrano, one of the most outspoken Democratic critics of Senator Gillibrand, referring to her shifting stance on issues like gun control.

“I think Thompson would make a great candidate,” he added. “He is a progressive voice that hasn’t moved one way or the other over the years, and people would respect that.”

Mr. Serrano also said that Mr. Thompson’s candidacy would be “a national candidacy.”

Indeed, a number of party activists said that a Senate bid by Mr. Thompson, who is black, would be elevated by the pending departure of Senator Roland W. Burris of Illinois, the only African-American currently serving in the Senate, and could help him raise money nationally...

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: New York
KEYWORDS: banglist; demprimary; gillibrand; ny2010; thompson
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1 posted on 11/26/2009 11:59:52 AM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; Norman Bates; LdSentinal; ExTexasRedhead; ...

I guess this means that Gillibrand’s flip-flopping was in vain. But more important are what Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki are going to do.

2 posted on 11/26/2009 12:13:45 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued; cyborg; Clemenza; Cacique; NYCVirago; The Mayor; Darksheare; hellinahandcart; ...
I guess this means that Gillibrand’s flip-flopping was in vain. But more important are what Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki are going to do.

Rudy, surprising me, said he was not interested in being governor, IIRC. I don't see Pataki going for governor again. That means George will have to slay the dragon, Chuck U Schumer. There's plenty of ammo if George has the guts. Still, the GOP has to offer a nominee for governor.

NY Senator Gillibrand Facing Tough Election Fight

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3 posted on 11/26/2009 12:31:38 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Just like Carl McCall before , David Paterson right now, Bill Thompson is the wrong skin color for the New York liberal power broker elites to allow him to run no matter what BS The Slimes writes.

4 posted on 11/26/2009 3:55:30 PM PST by JohnLongIsland
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!

5 posted on 11/26/2009 9:21:32 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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