Representative Bob Turner Will Challenge Gillibrand

Republican Bob Turner
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It looks as if another Republican challenger is throwing his hat into the ring to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand this fall. Representative Bob Turner, who pulled out a surprise victory against David Weprin in a special election this fall, has announced his intention to run for the seat. He'll join Joe Carvin, Wendy Long, and George Maragos in seeking the party's nomination. From Turner's statement:

I ran for the House six months ago as a private citizen fed up with what is happening in Washington.  I could not sit and watch career politicians sink my nation deeper into economic crisis. Brooklyn and Queens voters, of all political parties, graciously responded by sending me to Congress. It now appears that their district has been eliminated.

Look at that opportunism. Don't sell yourself short, Bob — you're looking more like a career politician than many people who've been at this far longer!

Or maybe he actually doesn't want to be a career politician, and this is a quick out: Turner is unlikely to actually win the race — and this time around, he won't have the support of Ed Koch.