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The Schmooze

Dan Senor: In or Out?

I’ve been finishing up work on a profile for this week’s paper on Dan Senor, who is reportedly getting ready to run for a U.S. Senate seat from New York. Multiple sources have been reporting that the former Bush administration appointee is set to throw his hat in the ring against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democratic incumbent appointed to her seat last year by Governor David Paterson. Yesterday even brought news that the Republican Party was trying to convince him to take on Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, the big dog of New York politics, whose seat is also up in November.

My reporting for the most part bore this out. A number of Republican consultants told me he had been in touch with them. There was no doubt in my mind that Senor was going to announce—and according to some reports, before the week was out.

But then, last night I got a call.

A highly regarded Republican consultant with deep connections in the inner circles of the party’s New York establishment told me that Senor was definitively out.

The source cited an individual who had initially said he could not work with the source on a rival Senate campaign because of his close connection to Senor. That person, my source told me, was now free to work for the rival effort because Senor was no longer in the running.

First Mort Zuckerman and now Dan Senor? Where do we look next for the great Jewish hope?

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