Rumors have been flying that Katonah multi-millionaire Andrew Saul wants to re-enter the race for the District 19 Congressional seat held by Democrat John Hall.
And it seems that Saul, who declared his candidacy as a Republican challenger only to withdraw abruptly in November, has begun polling.
Constancia Warren of Croton got a phone call the other night from what she describes as an “ostensibly unattached pollster” who, it soon became obvious to her (though never admitted), was conducting a push poll for Saul.
After a series of preliminary questions about politics in general, the focus of the 15-minute survey homed in on Saul, Warren said.
What do you think of Andrew Saul? She had never heard of him.
If you found out Saul had such-and-such qualifications and held positions on various boards, would that make a difference?
Would it matter if the candidate spent most of his time in New York City because of his work?
Saul hasn’t responded to phone calls about getting back in the race.
He cited “personal reasons” when he dropped out. That announcement came soon after the New York Times reported his campaign had received donations from real estate executives involved in the bidding for the development rights to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s West Side railyards in Manhattan.
Saul is a vice chairman of the MTA.
Hall already has two declared Republican challengers – Westchester Legislator George Oros, a Cortlandt Republican and the Board of Legislators’ minority leader, and Iraq War veteran Kieran Michael Lalor of Peekskill.