Israel Thanks Chuck Schumer for Helping Him Decide Not to Run

Chuck Schumer wins again.  
In Steve Israel’s statement announcing his decision not to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand for U.S. Senate next year, the Long Island representative specifically thanks “Senator Schumer for his friendship and guidance during this process.”
Last week, an article in The New York Times quoted Schumer telling Democratic donors “There is not going to be a primary!”  Schumer’s cooperation with the Times story, which was about how he had taken Gillibrand under his wing, was widely read as a warning to potential challengers to back off.
Israel ultimately heeded that warning.
Israel’s decision not to run makes the prospect of a messy Democratic primary less likely.

Israel Thanks Chuck Schumer for Helping Him Decide Not to Run