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.