Dan Donovan

All the attention in the 2006 race for State Attorney General has focused on the Democratic side: Cuomo, Green. (The Inner Circle called them “the unlikeables,” but the Politicker likes everybody.)

Now we’re starting to hear some buzz on the Republican side as well. Not everyone in the party establishment is on board with Westchester D.A. Jeanine Pirro as a candidate, concerned about her husband’s legal problems and a potential tough reelection fight this year.

Meanwhile the Staten Island D.A., Dan Donovan, has been quietly testing the waters. He was in Albany recently meeting GOP State Senators, and went down to Washington yesterday to talk to members of the New York delegation.

“Dan has a good case to make,” said a source in Donovan’s camp. “He’s the only Republican district attorney in the five boroughs, and probably the only one elected since Thomas E. Dewey.”