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Monday, August 08, 2005

NY-Sen: Pirro to Challenge Clinton

Posted by DavidNYC

It's official: Jeanine Pirro, former Westchester District Attorney will challenge Sen. Hillary Clinton next year.

Pirro will actually faced a contested primary (or so it would seem) against Dick Nixon's son-in-law Ed Cox. (I'll remind everyone that today is the 41st anniversary of Nixon's resignation announcement.) Contested primaries are a real hassle in New York State - the primary date is so late (in September) that the victor has less than two months to raise money and do battle with his or her opponent. If Cox stays in this fight, then whoever wins the GOP primary won't even have time to take a breath before the giant Hillary machine swamps 'em in the fall.

Pirro is also burdened by the fact that her husband is a convicted tax cheat (whose crimes she partially benefitted from). Amusingly, the GOP is saying that the sins of the husband should not be imputed to the wife - while at the same time claiming that Hillary's ancient marital issues will "cancel out" Pirro's problems. Not the first time the GOP has talked out of both sides of its mouth.

Pirro is allegedly the GOP's dream candidate for this race - but I ain't buyin' it. There's no chance she'll beat Clinton. At best, she might raise her profile because Hillary is a national figure, but even that's open to question, since this Senate race won't be one of the top-tier contested fights.

Posted at 01:45 PM in New York | Technorati


41st anniversary? Did Nixon resign in 1964?

Posted by: Pat Curley [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2005 07:11 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

The smart money is happy Pirro decided not to run for AG, an office she would have a chance to win.

Still, it is worth noting that the GOP believes in contesting races, even against a candidate as popular as Hillary, even in a state like New York where the GOP is a total mess. Meanwhile a vulnerable GOP incumbent in Missouri may get a free pass...

Posted by: Steve M [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 9, 2005 10:46 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment