Bruce Blakeman, David Malpass to Fight for GOP Nomination Against Kirsten Gillibrand

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State GOP delegates voted to place both David Malpass — former chief economist for Bear Stearns, president of an economic research firm, veteran of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations — and Bruce Blakeman — lawyer, ex-husband of Paul McCartney's current girlfriend, owner of terrifying talking dog — onto the ballot in the race against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, forcing the two into a primary. The only nominee who didn't have enough support was Joe DioGuardi, the spending-averse former congressman best known for supplying half the genes of American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. He says he'll try to petition his way onto the ballot, but he's already secured a spot on the Conservative Party line either way.

Blakeman Is GOP Designee Vs. Gillibrand: Updated [Daily Politics/NYDN]