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Zeldin won't rule out run for Senate

Feb 08, 2023 12:34 am

Joshua Solomon reports in the Times Union that Republican Lee Zeldin would not say if he is running against U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the 2024 election, But he also would not say that he is not running. Zeldin spoke at his first news conference on Feb. 6 since losing to Gov. Kathy Hochul in last fall's election. Zeldin said it is Gillibrand that is floating the rumor that he would run. "She's trying to create a sense of urgency with donors," Zeldin told reporters in front of a crowd of Conservative Party members in Albany. "They know it would be a pretty epic clash if I decided to do it." Gillibrand's campaign team said in a fundraising email last month, that "Zeldin very nearly won the New York governorship in the 2022 midterms, all while New York Republicans had their best election cycle in two decades — flipping enough House seats red to retake the majority." Right now Zeldin says he is starting a new federal political action committee. "I do believe that at some point there will be a reentry to government," Zeldin said. "Exactly what that will be and when, we'll see." Read the full story in the Times Union.

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