March 12th, 2010
05:51 PM ET
12 years ago

Sources: Senor may challenge Gillibrand

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Dan Senor will announce within the next month whether he will run for Senate."](CNN) - Dan Senor, a Defense Department adviser to former President George W. Bush, will announce within the next month whether he will run for the U.S. Senate in New York, multiple sources confirm to CNN.

Three sources, all prominent New York Republicans, also say that Senor is being encouraged by state party leaders to challenge Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Another source familiar with the situation tells CNN that Senor "is talking with state Republican leaders and that there are a lot of people pushing him to do it." The source adds that Senor "will make an announcement, either way, within a few weeks."

National Republicans are open to a potential Senor candidacy, but are not yet getting behind any specific candidate at this point in time, two additional sources tell CNN.

Senor, 38, is currently a private equity executive and author. He served as an adviser to Sen. Spencer Abraham of Michigan in the 1990's and worked for the Defense Department during the buildup to the Iraq war. After the invasion, Senor became an adviser and chief spokesman for Paul Bremer, the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.

Senor is married to CNN anchor Campbell Brown, who is not commenting on the speculation about her husband's plans.

Gillibrand was appointed to the Senate last year by New York Gov. David Paterson to replace Hillary Clinton, who stepped down to become secretary of state. The Democratic establishment has lined up behind Gillibrand, effectively clearing the field of any primary challengers who might have been thinking about taking on the freshman senator.

Republicans are currently without a big name candidate in the contest. Former New York City Mayor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has said no to a Senate run, as has nine-term Rep. Peter King. Former New York State Gov. George Pataki has expressed no interest in wanting to make a bid. Earlier this month, magazine editor and publisher and real estate billionaire Mort Zuckerman, after expressing interest, also declined to run.

Filed under: 2010 • New York
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Man oh man - can his history be brought to the forefront before he embarrasses the republicants by actually formalizing a bid? NO? Oh well – we need the gossip for the news channels that run 24/7


    March 12, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Married to Campbell (fascist) Brown? Oh boy - this will be really GOOOOOOOOODDDdDDDDD

    Can't believe the two of them are allowed to procreate. Oh well.

    March 12, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. a voter

    He can't run from the misguided Iraq war and all of Bremer's mistakes. It would be great to have the opportunity to take the Republican party again through that darkest part of the our history. Bush and Cheney will be resurrected as well.

    March 12, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. badger

    Wait until they look into his lies about Iraq.

    March 12, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    He worked for the Defense Department during the buildup to the Iraq war? And the Republicans consider him a viable candidate?

    March 12, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. They call me "tater salad"

    This clown worked with Bremmer during the Iraq war.......He's just another incompetent, buffoon to add to the pile of incompetent buffoons that is the Republican party!..........I wonder who the Republicans will be putting on the menu as they're "soup of the day" tomorrow?..............GOP= NO solutions, NO ideas, NO direction, NO guidance, NO leadership, and last but certainly not least.......NO CLUE!!!!!!!!

    March 12, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Democrats for the Next 20-Years

    Run!! Danny Run!!! -to the nearest back yard hole you stached your share of the $9-Billion dollars missing from that load of cash Pres Bush packed into that 747-airplane for Paul Brenner to 'bribe' the Iraqi's with.

    New York is a Democratic count in the senate. Stay in the hole you've been hiding in. We have not forgotten the lies from your lips during the Iraqi war.

    March 12, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. valwayne

    After all the scandals in NY, and her corrupt vote for the massive corrupt healthcare bill the Senator should be challenged and defeated by someone who doesn't have complete contempt for the voters.

    March 12, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. I am the Great and Omnipotent Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    Bush androids, acolytes and apologists for Senate!

    March 12, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Do it...I dare you.

    March 12, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Mickey

    Another "Bushie" crawls from the swamp...

    March 12, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. D.D.

    What will this do to Campbell Brown covering the story- anything?

    March 12, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. Pel

    I hope he does run so he can get his clock cleaned. The Demos will be much stronger than the press think. Remember the high rating Pres Bush I had when he won the Iraq war and then was dismissed from his job later that same year.

    March 12, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. HypocriCNNstigators Of Crap!

    So Then What Now, Senator Kristen Gillibrand D-New York Supposed To Be Frightened Or Something? What Exactly Is HypocriCNN Implying?

    March 12, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    First Senor and then Jeb Bush to follow. Same old Bush/Cheney dance to the presidency.

    March 12, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |