Former White House finance aide David Malpass is putting $1 million of his own money into his likely run for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a spokeswoman said today.
“This chunk of money should demonstrate to people he’s serious about the race,” said spokesman Jessica Proud. “He has also started the process of reaching out to donors and building out a finance committee, names of which will be forthcoming. ”
Malpass is expected to announce his intentions next month. He’d joined a potentially crowded field to challenge Gillibrand, who is seeking election to the post after being appointed in January 2009.
Former Nassau County legislator Bruce Blakeman is running, as his former Westchester County Rep. Joseph DioGuardi. Also considering a run are county executives Edward Diana and Scott Vanderhoef.
But one name came off the list today: former Bush administration adviser Dan Senor, who surprisingly announced today he will not seek the GOP nomination against Gillibrand.