Wilson: Senate run would be about qualifications, not Gillibrand

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One-time state comptroller candidate and Scarsdale Republican Harry Wilson did little to cool talk of a potential run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand today, discussing Washington’s recent governmental “failure” as a guest host on CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning.

Wilson, the former adviser to the Treasury under President Obama who largely self-funded a close race against Comptroller Tom DiNapoli last year, acknowledged there’s “been some talk” of a challenge to the incumbent senator in 2012, but said a potential run would be more about what he brings to the table.

“Look, if I were to run, it would be less about her and more about what I think I can offer to the country and the state,” Wilson said. “I think what we’re seeing in Washington is a total failure on fiscal issues, and the supercommittee just highlights that. So you have people, I think, that certainly lack the skills to get the job done, certainly lack the ability to kind of work across the aisle to create compromise that works.”

When he was asked about the job Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done in his first year in office, Wilson gave a mixed grade.

“I think he’s generally done a very good job, particularly given where Albany was a year ago, which was total dysfunction,” he said. “I don’t agree with this latest tax increase, first of all because he flip-flopped the year of his inauguration, and second because I think it’s bad policy.”

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