ALBANY—According to two congressional sources, Representative Steve Israel began telling some colleagues late last week about his intention to mount a primary challenge to Kirsten Gillibrand, who was picked over Israel and others to be senator.
Fred Dicker reported that the announcement could come as early as today, but I was told by two people familiar with his plans that a formal declaration isn’t going to come until later. (Dan Janison’s sources say the same..)
For a congressman from Suffolk County, Israel has worked unusually hard to cultivate a statewide presence. Just this weekend he was in Rochester and Buffalo, and he made a point of