Why Scott Stringer Is Doing It

Scott Stringer floated his name today as a potential challenger to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Wow—random, you may say. But the important thing to keep in mind is that he has little to lose by this exercise and, potentially, something to gain.
For Stringer, currently the Manhattan borough president, the 2010 election cycle is an off-year, and he’s up for what’s expected to be a relatively easy reelection. So, unlike the House members from New York who have made noise about possibly challenging David Paterson’s Senate appointee in a primary, Stringer wouldn’t have to give up his current job to do so.