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NYT: Possible G.O.P. Candidate for Senate Will Skip Race

March 25, 2010

Dan Senor, a private equity executive and former military adviser to President George W. Bush, has decided not to challenge Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in the election this fall, he said in an interview on Wednesday.

Mr. Senor, 38, was considered the leading Republican in a field of relatively low-profile possible candidates, and had drawn expressions of support from a growing list of party leaders, including former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, who urged him to enter the race.

Mr. Senor said that after studying a potential campaign, he concluded that “it just wasn’t the right time for me in my business life and, more importantly, my family life.” He pointed to his two young sons and his work as a founder of an investment firm, Rosemont Solebury Capital Management.

“My family would have to endure an absentee father,” he said. As for his work, he said, “I would have had to unwind myself from the business.”

Mr. Senor said his decision was not based on the professional future of his wife, the CNN anchorwoman Campbell Brown. If he were to run, many speculated, Ms. Brown might need to recuse herself from her on-camera role, in which she frequently covers politics.

A person familiar with the situation said CNN had given Ms. Brown and Mr. Senor “lots of time and space to work this out.”

Mr. Senor’s explanation for staying out of the election echoes that of Mortimer B. Zuckerman, the publisher of The Daily News, who had cited his small children and hectic work schedule for not running.

Indeed, deciding not to oppose Ms. Gillibrand, a Democrat whom Gov. David A. Paterson appointed to the seat last year, has become a trend. Harold E. Ford Jr., a former Tennessee congressman, chose to remain on the sidelines after a very public flirtation with challenging Ms. Gillibrand for the Democratic nomination.

Speaking of Mr. Senor’s decision, John Faso, who had encouraged his candidacy and was the Republican candidate for governor in 2006, said, “It think it’s unfortunate.” He said he believed that Mr. Senor had realized that putting together a winning campaign would have required an earlier start.

“Looking at these things from the outside,” Mr. Faso said, “having run statewide twice, it always is a lot easier to talk about it than to do it.”

So far, three Republicans have said they will run: Bruce A. Blakeman, who dropped out of the New York mayoral race last year; David Malpass, a former economist at Bear Stearns who worked in the Reagan administration; and Joseph J. DioGuardi, a former member of the House.

Political aides to Ms. Gillibrand had signaled that they would attack Mr. Senor for his work as a military adviser in Iraq, where he served as the chief spokesman for the coalition government after the American-led invasion in 2003. But Mr. Senor said his decision was not based on anything he had detected in public polls, or worries about losing.

“This is a winnable race,” he said.

Mr. Senor said he had looked forward to debating the issues of “skyrocketing taxes and spending,” President Obama’s health care legislation and a “troubling” American foreign policy, which he said had left Democrats politically vulnerable.

According to those close to Mr. Senor, he had begun to line up a network of financial contributors, including Paul Singer and Roger Hertog, two prominent New York Republicans, as well as many supporters of the 2008 presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor.

Mr. Senor spent Tuesday night and Wednesday morning letting those supporters know he would not be a candidate, these people said.

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From the NYTIMES.

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One Comment
  1. March 25, 2010 10:56 am

    Daniel Samuel Senor is not challenging Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik Gillibrand because of Gillibrand’s outspoken support and allegiance to Israel. Senor and Gillibrand both spoke this past weekend in D.C. at the AIPAC Policy Conference. Senor wrote the book “Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle” which is about the economy of Israel and globalization in the Middle East. Mortimer Benjamin Zuckerman was told to stand down for the same reason. Candidates are backing off from Gillibrand because AIPAC says so.

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