A potential Democratic primary wasn’t enough to convince Republican Congressman Pete King to run for Kirsten Gillibrand’s Senate seat.
“While the political situation has changed dramatically in the Republicans’ favor since September and I believe that Sen. Gillibrand can and will be defeated in 2010, I will not be a candidate for the Senate,” Mr. King said in a statement.
Mr. King publicly mulled running last week—four months after he withdrew from the race—but ultimately decided against it. The Long Island congressman and ranking Republican member of the Homeland Security Committee is confident the GOP will re-take the House and thereby return him to his committee chairmanship—where he can better investigate the underwear bomb, and the White House gatecrashers, and perhaps, penetrate the administration’s “iron curtain.”
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