Rep. Peter King Passes on New York Senate Race Because No One Cares About It
There is no joy today for New York political reporters. Media-savvy, blunt-talking Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) has passed on a 2010 run for the Senate against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who was appointed in January to replace now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.). King’s terrifically honest about his decision.
I would have run if Caroline Kennedy were the Democratic candidate. Her candidacy would have generated the media coverage and financial contributions necessary for me to run a competitive race. That’s all I would have hoped for. Once the race became competitive, it would have been up to me to win it by contrasting my blue collar conservatism with her Manhattan liberalism.
That race was not to be. Senator Gillibrand generates neither strong support nor opposition. This makes it virtually impossible for me to raise the campaign funds I would need to overcome the built-in Democratic registration advantage and the countless millions of dollars which the Democrats will make available to Senator Gillibrand.
With former Gov. George Pataki (R-N.Y.) unlikely to run, and with only gadfly candidate Jonathan Tasini mounting a bid on her left, Gillibrand looks increasingly safe in 2010; the Democratic battles to hold the other seats that opened up after the 2008 election, in Delaware, Illinois, and Colorado, are a little more touch and go.