Maloney Not Ready To Follow Israel's Lead and Bow Out of NY Senate Field

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Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney is keeping her powder dry for now.

In a statement, the Democrat from Manhattan's Upper East Side says her thinking on whether to run in a 2010 primary against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has not been changed by the announcement that Rep. Steve Israel will not run.

She has told colleagues that she will run, but has been officially mum.

"I respect the choices that every member makes about their future. Steve Israel's decision to not run for the U.S. Senate was his choice to make, but it doesn't affect my decision-making process," Maloney said. "I am completely focused on passing my Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights and 9/11 health bills and getting them to the president's desk quickly. Any decisions about any future campaigns on my part will wait until after those."

Israel was pushed out on Friday by President Barack Obama, who intervened to try to avert a messy primary.

Maloney and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy from Long Island have also been looking at campaigning against Gillibrand, whose centrist voting record as a House member from a district well north of New York City leaves room for a challenge from the left.

Gillibrand was appointed to the Senate seat that Hillary Rodham Clinton vacated to become secretary of State. Gillibrand has the support of top Democratic Party officials in Washington, but has struggled to win the backing of some of her more senior congressional colleagues.

McCarthy has said she will run if no other gun-control advocate steps forward. Maloney, McCarthy and Israel have all been critical of Gillibrand's support for gun rights.


  1. i am very happy that carolyn maloney will stay and fight! i find it disgusting (even tho i voted for obama) that the president put pressure on a challenger not to run. i can't stand gillibrand!! i have no intention of voting for her, even if it means voting for giulliani (yuch) or not voting at all. i find her ideas totally against what i believe in and was nauseated by her appointment (one of the many reasons i won't vote for patterson). i am also a fan of carolyn mccarthy, but i don't think that she would be able to defeat gillibrand. i truly hope that maloney runs and is not intimidated by schumer or the president.

    Posted by: ssg Author Profile Page | May 18, 2009 11:32 AM

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