Molinari considers Gillibrand challenge


Susan Molinari, a Republican who represented Staten Island in Congress during the 1990s and  currently lives in Virginia, is considering running against New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in November, according to the Staten Island Advance.

“This is very early in a  conversation I’m having with myself,” Molinari told the Advance, indicating that she’s being urged to run by her dad, Guy Molinari, a former congressman and Staten Island borough president, as well as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Molinari is a partner at Giuliani’s law firm, Bracewell & Giuliani.

This has been a news-filled week regarding  the campaign by Gillibrand, a former congresswoman from the Hudson Valley tapped last January to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to hold  onto  that seat in this year’s election.

Monday — Republican Rep. Peter King of Long Island tells Don Imus he’s reconsidering his decision to not run against Gillibrand.

Tuesday — Former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, who lost the mayoral race in November to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announces he won’t  challenge Gillibrand or State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in a September Democratic primary. Instead, Thompson will run for mayor of the Big Apple  again in 2013.

Wednesday — Former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. gets a write up in the New York Times  because his supporters say Ford is considering a primary challenge to Gillibrand.  Ford’s positions on abortion, gun safety and gay marriage are to the right of Gillibrand, making him the first potential primary challenger who might paint her as too liberal.

Guy Molinari told the Advance he called his daughter because  no “star candidates” were  lining up to challenge Gillibrand.

“All of a sudden I think, the best candidate in the entire country is my daughter,” he told the newspaper.


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  1. Not only has Susan Molinari not lived in new York state for the past few years, but also , she is a quitter who walked away from her seat in Congress, to take a high-paying broadcast job.