Rep. Bob Turner is being touted as an ideal challenger for Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand if his Queens-Brooklyn district is swept off the political map.
Brooklyn GOP chairman Craig Eaton is calling on other county Republican leaders to put aside differences and rally around Turner against Gillibrand in the fall election. “Bob Turner can beat Kirsten Gillibrand — I know that and so will the public,” Eaton wrote in a confidential email to other county chairs.
The following is a statement released by Bob Turner:
“I will travel to the Republican State Convention in Rochester later this week and humbly ask for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate. I will respectfully ask for the Conservative nomination a few days later at that Party’s convention. I have made my intentions known to the other Republican candidates in this race.
“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.
“There is serious work to be done to get this economy back on track, and I will not walk away from that work now. I will run for the Senate, and I will run to win.”
(Source: NY Daily News)