March 24th, 2010
12:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Senor won't seek New York Senate seat

Dan Senor says he has decided not to run for Senate.
Dan Senor says he has decided not to run for Senate.

Washington (CNN) - Following weeks of speculation, Dan Senor, a Defense Department official during President George W. Bush's administration, has decided not to run for Senate in New York.

Senor, the husband of CNN anchor Campbell Brown, had been mulling a challenge to Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. She was appointed last year to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. Republicans have yet to recruit a serious opponent for Gillibrand.

"Over the past few weeks, I took a very serious look at running for the Senate seat in New York," Senor said in a statement. "I ultimately decided this wasn't the right time in my family and business life for me to run.

Senor said he will "continue to look for ways to advance the policy debate here in New York, especially on issues that I am most concerned about: America's declining economic competitiveness, skyrocketing deficits and taxes, a national security strategy that is drifting and a morally equivalent foreign policy that is troubling."

He promised to stay involved in New York politics and lend a hand to whichever Republican decides to seek the seat.

Gillibrand also dodged a potential Democratic primary challenge earlier this month when former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford decided against a bid.


Filed under: 2010 • Dan Senor • Kirsten Gillibrand • New York
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. hongli

    For once a Republican made the right decision. if Dan Senor had ever run it would have been no different. Republicans are LOOSERS.

    March 24, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. SHE STAYS

    Sen. Gillibrands will hold this seat for years to come.

    March 24, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. sammieb51

    Never have liked Campbell's reporting - thought her information was quite flawed, now I know why!

    March 24, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. SocialismBad

    Too bad... He probably would have been a decent candidate.

    March 24, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Mike

    Not an overly sharp guy from my recollection in Baghdad. Powerpoint deep is how he was commonly labeled.

    March 24, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Paul in ABQ

    So, a guy who's main newsworthy feature is that he's the spouse of a CNN gal is NOT doing somthing. That's newswothy???

    What am I missing?

    March 24, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Mesa Mick

    Classy move Mr. Senor, classy move.

    Unlike many of today's politicians you have obviously decided that working the system as an average American and getting even more familiar with the important issue better serves our country in the long run.

    If the Bachmann's, Palin's and Gohmert's of this country did the same thing before they ran for office perhaps we would have a more competent, intelllegent and fair minded government than the one these rookie rethugliCANTs have given us...

    March 24, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. not a fan

    who in the hell is this loser? so he's that bias campbell brown husband, never heard of him. If this loser would have ran for office, I'm sure browns republician favortism would have shown more than it is now. She sucks and i was hoping she would not come back after the baby. I know this wont appear, it's about the barbie doll of CNN and we can't have that.

    March 24, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    He never stood a chance. And his wife isn't as popular as CNN tries to keep pushing her down our throats. I watch re-runs of ANYTHING rather than tune in to her nutjob show.

    March 24, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. cindy

    In other words, he can't win at this time. So he will lay back, and lurk biding his time while looking for an "easy win" situation.

    March 24, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Senor, the husband of CNN anchor Campbell Brown – this is why Mrs. Brown is so basis toward the Dems.

    March 24, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Michael from Ventura

    His wife is awesome. SHE should run not him!

    March 24, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Tell the Truth

    This is why Campbell Brown is not qualified to work on CNN. It has been very obvious for a while that she detests the president. She and her husband are part of the NO republicans against President Obama because he is black. Shame on you AGAIN CNN!

    March 24, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Helene

    Now I understand why Campbell Brown is so gentle with Republicans.

    March 24, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Wisconsonite - Republicans Do NOT Care About Working Class Americans

    "Republicans have yet to recruit a serious opponent for Gillibrand"

    Ha-ha! Gillibrand has them scared and running for the hills! Atta girl, Kirsten! Get used to it Republicans . . . .it's going to be that way in many, many other races in the mid-terms too! Your days of being able to stall, obstruct, lie and fear-monger are coming to an end because working class Americans are getting sick of you!

    March 24, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. bray

    CNN's various segments are chair by "moderators". For these indiviuduals to bring their own personal politics to their programs without openly acknowledging a strong political bias is disingenuous at best. Although it is clear to me that C.Brown has a right-wing bias it may not be to others. The fact that her husband was considering a run on the right just emphasizes that bias. CNN should be either be more transparent in the political bias of their "moderators" or balance the individual segments with moderators of other persuasions. CNN's strength is in balanced news and commentary. It does not need to compete with Fox for its market share. While it may ultimately find itself competing well with Fox it will eventual lose more independently-minded viewers such as myself across the country and internationally as well.

    March 24, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. dwighthuth

    I think everyone that was part of George W. Bushes Administration that are still elft in Washington D.C. should be voted out of office or put into a position where they will not have any power int the government what-so-ever. This way America can wash it boots out of the smeel that we walked in for eight years and never have to smell that ype of smell again.

    March 24, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Barbara Independent in NY

    Geez, talk about the Media being too connected to the politicians. I have second thoughts about listening to Ms Brown again.

    March 24, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. writerinchicago

    Interesting I wonder why he didn't run.

    March 24, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. BestProfitCompany = WAR

    Wow I didn't know campell was married to a Republican. Hmmm, very interesting.

    March 24, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |