Israel Not Running for Senate

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Rep. Steve Israel, D-Suffolk County, just released a statement to say that he will not run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate next year against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Israel was considered a viable threat to Gillibrand’s bid to win election next year after being appointed to the position by Gov. David Paterson in January. Israel, who was seeking Paterson’s nod for the seat as well, has been touring the state to drum up interest in his candidacy.

But he said he spoke with President Obama today, who asked him not to run for the seat.

Here’s the statement:

“I spoke with President Obama today. He asked me that I not run for the U.S. Senate this year. The President asked me to continue my leadership in Congress, working closely with him to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create new jobs through an intensified focus on renewable energy and green technology.

“This is a tough, heartfelt decision for me. I have received encouragement to pursue this fight from all corners of our great state. But in the interest of providing New York and our country with a united front for progressive change, I have decided to continue my efforts in Congress and not pursue a campaign for the U.S. Senate. I want to thank Senator Schumer for his friendship and guidance during this process, and I am especially grateful for the support of my friends and family. I’ll never stop fighting for Long Island and all of New York.”

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  1. That’s what I love about Obama he is a true believer in “elections” in fact I wonder if he received any calls when he first ran for office. It seems his political mentor changed her mine and wanted to run again for her State Senate seat, instead of pulling out he threw her and the others off the ballot via the courts. But that was then this is now.

    VJ Machiavelli

  2. the consultant on

    kristan gillibrand is very vulnerable in the democratic
    primary..she holds positions on gun control that are
    out of line with rank and file democrats…she is an
    upstate candidate with not a large base..and she
    does not have high name identification…carolyn
    maloney would beat her in a heartbeat..however it
    is very possible that she will be the nominee and have
    to face a republican in the fall…given that new york
    state is 5-3 democratic state republicans will have to
    nominate a star to beat her..peter king is not that
    star and neither is rick lazio…both of whom will lose
    however rudy giuliani would win againt gillibrand and
    my guess is as between running against andrew cuomo
    for governor and gillibrand for the senate he would
    chose the latter…

  3. Dear Consultant

    They only think Rudy is going to run for in 2010 is president of his condo association in Florida

    Every read http://www.rudyveritas.com check it out.

    VJ Machiavelli
    NO MORE SCHUMER
    NO MORE PELOSI
    NO MORE RANGEL
    NO MORE ENGEL AND HIS MILLION DOLLAR HOME IN MARYLAND

  4. the consultant on

    maybe rudy will not run in which case you tell me which
    republican will be succesful running against gillibrand
    or whomever..as for schumer, rangel, and engel, all liberals
    from new york as long as the conservative party dictates
    the choice of candidates they will be in office forever

  5. location, location, location on

    He swears that his primary residence is in Maryland (the home in question.) How in hell can someone who lives in Maryland purport to represent the State of NY? What’s wrong with his million dollar home is that it’s IN THE WRONG STATE. Run for office in Maryland if you live in Maryland!

  6. smartporpoise on

    Plenty of those around, but why do so many of them end up in our Congress? And when it happens, why do we continue to allow it?

  7. To the consultant

    You are the “CONSULTANT” why don’t you name some Republicans that “YOU” believe can “WIN” instead of picking a polling favorite. The name “The Consultant” seems to mean the one and only. So please name some Republicans and run them up the flag pole.

    VJ Machiavelli
    NO MORE SCHUMER
    NO MORE PELOSI
    NO MORE RANGEL
    NO MORE ENGEL AND HIS MILLION DOLLAR HOME IN MARYLAND.

  8. the consultant on

    thats the problem VJ…republicans that can win….there
    are not a lot of them because the conservative party
    has made sure that state wide candidates have to be
    pro life…making the number of republicans that are
    able to cross over slim to non..rudy doesnt speak
    to mike long..he doesn’t have to…so think about it
    how many congressman from new york are republican
    that might step up to the plate..peter king?..
    a throwback…point is before republicans can win
    they have to change their playbook..see joe
    scarborough and my good friend, the late jack kemp on that one

  9. The latest poll shows for the first time many years pro life is favored over pro choice, The conservative party has supported pro choice Republicans Pataki and Susan Molinari and other is the past. I also thing Pirro was pro choice.

    But I did find the change in pro choice to pro life interesting

    VJ Machiavelli
    NO MORE SCHUMER
    NO MORE PELOSI
    NO MORE RANGEL
    NO MORE ENGEL AND HIS MILLION DOLLAR HOME IN MARYLAND.

  10. the consultant on

    Pirro was NOT SUPPORTED by the conservative party..
    not at all..her advisors told her to declare anyway
    and worry about it later…faso and spencer got the
    nomination because they got conservative party backing
    FIRST..and then leveraged it to get the republican
    nomination…but the poll you cite is irrelevant
    in new york state

  11. Jim Kelly - NY Conservative Campaigns on

    Rudy is NOT running for anything.

    We have already started forward motion for the 2010 ticket.

    The train has left the station without Rudy.