ALBANY—Larry Bulman, the Saratoga County Democratic Chairman who worked extensively to help Scott Murphy get elected to Congress, is going to Washington part-time as a union advocate and may step down as party chair.
Bulman, the business manager for Local 773 of the Plumbers and Steamfitters union as well as political director for the New York State Pipe & Trades association, just told me he will serve as assistant to the national political director of the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters.
The job will require him to travel to the Washington D.C. area about one week a month, he said. In addition to his work on Murphy's campaign, Bulman was a strong supporter of Kirsten Gillibrand in 2006 when she defeated incumbent Representative John Sweeney. He said his work in the races put him on the national radar.
I asked whether he'd step down as county chair, given the new responsibilities.
"I'm giving it some thought," he said. "I've been doing it since 2001, and we'll see what happens in the coming weeks."