News broke this morning that a seat in the United States Congress is no longer enough for newly-minted politician Bob Turner – he’s now got his eyes set on the United States Senate.

Daily News’ Daily Politics blog broke the story this morning that Turner is planning a challenge against New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand.

The blog posted the following e-mail from Turner’s team:

I will travel to the Republican State Convention in Rochester later this week and humbly ask for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate. I will respectfully ask for the Conservative nomination a few days later at that Party’s convention. I have made my intentions known to the other Republican candidates in this race.

I ran for the House six months ago as a private citizen fed up with what is happening in Washington.  I could not sit and watch career politicians sink my nation deeper into economic crisis.  Brooklyn and Queens voters, of all political parties, graciously responded by sending me to Congress. It now appears that their district has been eliminated.

There is serious work to be done to get this economy back on track, and I will not walk away from that work now. I will run for the Senate, and I will run to win.

Turner, of course, is likely spurred on by the redistricting process, which would see his current seat eliminated. As Daily Politics points out, as recently as last week Turner was saying he’d run in whatever district he happened to live in when the final lines are adopted. But with the lines in the hands of a federal magistrate, Turner’s home would be in the heavily Democratic and African-American district of Congressman Gregory Meeks – making Republican victory unlikely.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    And such a record of public service to run on.

    • http://twitter.com/Lostinservice Lostinservice

      Turner will run on his extensive record of taking credit for the work of his predecessor, such as the plumb beach restoration.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

         Or the work of other people, while making people assume that he had to have been doing something.

        In the world he came from (television production) it’s not at all uncommon to do little and take credit for what other people have accomplished.

  • levp

    Rep. Turner is probably thinking along the lines of Kolobok fairy tale:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolobok
    “I beat David Weprin, so you, Sen. Gillibrand, I can certainly beat.”

    He’d better re-read that classic, especially the ending…

  • http://www.google.com/ F_a_b_a

    Good luck Bobby. Since you been so effective as Congressman I’m sure Senate will benefit from your presence. Btw I don’t think Bob fits well within Republican party. Perhaps he can start his own, NJP (National Jekroff Party). He is destined to represent that party for sure.

    • http://twitter.com/Lostinservice Lostinservice

      I thought that was the Tea Party and he, along with storobin, were already representatives.

      • GRAMMA

        STOROBIN NEEDS TO GO BACK WHERE HE COMES FROM.  WE DON’T WANT OR NEED HIM HERE.

  • Goingfishing Bythelake

    New Slogan: “Representing me and my rich friends in our interests!”

  • Tinman

    Let’s hope the voters who were hoodwinked to replace Weiner with a Turner-for-the worst, aren’t as naive in the U.S. Senate race.

  • http://twitter.com/ShannonRogard Shannon Rogard

    A suceesssful career businessman against a career politician  who changes her position on a dime I would say the choice is pretty clear

  • EndofDaze

    Sure, you can come out of nowhere, have very few new ideas, get the backing of the new kingmaker, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (who ironically, along with his ilk, both historically and presently, would never even be welcomed to live in the Breezy Point community, Turner happily resides in!) and attempt to accede to higher office, even though he hasn’t done a thing ( albeit, its’ only been a short time) for the District he has been representing, these past several months. But you can be sure of one thing, HE WILL BE AGAINST ANY TAXES, AND FOR, FURTHER TAX BREAKS FOR THE RICH! Welcome to American Politics, circa 2012…

  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    I have to say  that it pisses me off when guys run for one office with all these dedicated speeches, then immediately turn their sights on more ambitious goals. Just goes to show you how dedicated these politicians are. Yeah, Hillary became NY Senator because she was so, so devoted to NY, right. Not to single her out, but she’s the first one to come to mind. Now this guy Turner hasn’t even gotten the seat warm and he’s up up and away.

    For the record, I’m skeptical that he’s “spurred on by the redistricting process”. He’s “spurred” on by power, like they all are. And you guys writing that “this is the Republican way” are way blind. Or half-blind.

       Does not inspire trust in politicians…