Greg Ball is just finishing his first year in the state Assembly but the Carmel Republican already seems to be considering a new job – U.S. Congressman.
Ball met today with Rockland Republican Chairman Vincent Reda, who is also a vice chairman of the state GOP, to discuss a possible campaign against Rep. John Hall, a freshman Democrat, in the 19th CD. Reda said the meeting came at Ball’s request.
“I think he is one of the rising stars in the Republican Party,” Reda told Politics on the Hudson this afternoon. “He is making the rounds, seeing all the county chairs.”
The GOP has been searching for another candidate to take on Hall since its top recruit, Katonah businessman Andrew Saul, withdrew last month citing personal reasons. So far, the only Republican to formally enter the race is Kieran Michael Lalor, an Iraqi war veteran from Peekskill.
GOP leaders, however, have not rallied behind Lalor’s candidacy and are continuing to search for alternatives. Reda said he hopes the party can settle on a candidate by early January.
Ball did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
“I think (Ball) could be an outstanding candidate in this particular race,” Reda said.