Another could-be challenger bows out
Republican Rep. Peter King of Long Island announces he will not challenge U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Earlier Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney also stepped aside.
NEW YORK (AP) — Republican New York Rep. Peter King has announced he will not challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010.
King said on Monday that he’ll instead seek re-election to his 10th term in Congress.
He says he wanted to run for the U.S. Senate, but that he wouldn’t be able to raise the funds necessary to challenge the Democratic candidate.
He says that Gillibrand “generates neither strong support nor opposition,” making it “virtually impossible” to raise the funds required to overcome the Democrats’ edge in registered voters.
The congressman says that if Caroline Kennedy had been his opposition, it would have been far easier to contrast his “blue collar conservatism with her Manhattan liberalism.”
Rep. Carolyn Maloney also backed out of the race against Gillibrand last week.