Another possible Senate candidate surfaces, Bruce Blakeman:
“Bruce A. Blakeman, the Republican candidate for New York State comptroller in 1998, said on Monday that he was exploring the possibility of a run against Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand next year. Mr. Blakeman, a former member of the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said he had been meeting with party officials and fund-raisers in recent weeks to determine the level of interest his candidacy might generate. The initial reaction, he said, has been positive. “Most have encouraged me to consider running,” Mr. Blakeman said in a phone interview …”
It’s good to see at least some in the GOP are considering candidates outside of Rudy and G. Elmer. I don’t think Blakeman has much name recognition right now, I forgot he even ran in ’98, but considering the strong anti-Democrat, anti-incumbent mood it’s probably best to run a relatively fresh-faced candidate instead of a party hack. Plus, Gillibrand’s poll numbers are in the dumper and the more people hear about her the less they like her.