Don’t believe the rumor about Kevin O’Toole for U.S. Senate

Speculation today that State Senator Kevin O’Toole will enter the race for the 2008 Republican U.S. Senate nomination is wrong, according to sources close to the Essex County Republican. O’Toole, an Assemblyman and the Essex County GOP Chairman, has no plans to challenge Frank Lautenberg and has no meeting scheduled with the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

More on point is the possibility that O’Toole — not Leonard Lance — will become the Ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee next year. Lance was supposed to get the slot being vacated by Robert Littell — perhaps as a consolation prize for not pursuing his bid for another term as Senate Minority Leader against Thomas Kean, Jr. But with Lance now about to launch a campaign for Congress, there is some concern about his ability to mount an effective bid in the June primary while representing the Senate GOP caucus on state budget issues.

Don’t believe the rumor about Kevin O’Toole for U.S. Senate