Bob Turner isn't the only Republican challenger to Kirsten Gillibrand who is still struggling to excite donors.
Wendy Long, a former judicial activist and clerk to Clarence Thomas, raised $103,977 since the end of March, according to her pre-primary filing. (That's almost identical haul to Turner's haul, which came in just over $104,000.)(2)
Representative Bob Turner's campaign against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is apparently still struggling to catch fire with potential donors.
A Siena Research Institute poll released Monday morning finds support for Governor Andrew Cuomo, the legalization of medical marijuana, a minimum wage hike, and the re-election of Kirsten Gillibrand remains strong.(1)
Wendy Long got some fund-raising help an old friend this afternoon, with an email appeal straight "from the desk of Grover G. Norquist."
One day after a Quinnipiac poll showed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's potential Republican challengers struggling to gain name recognition, Representative Bob Turner announced his first television ad of the campaign.
The Republican challengers to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand haven't seen much of a boost from their primary campaign so far.
A new Quinnipiac poll released this morning showed Gillibrand trouncing all three of her challengers by a 2-to-1 margin.(1)
After hinting at an endorsement on Fred Dicker's show this morning, Representative Bob Turner officially announced the support of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani in a press release this afternoon.
"Bob Turner is the definition of a citizen legislator who took his lifelong business experience to Washington," Giuliani said in the statement.
So far, the Republican challengers to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are struggling to sell their campaigns to New York donors.
Representative Bob Turner, who entered the race in March touting his name recognition and fund-raising ability, reported collecting just $90,390 in the first quarter, according to his latest filing with the FEC.(2)
Asked about Kirsten Gillibrand's upcoming race, the Senate Democratic campaign director says he doesn't see one
In the race to unseat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Republican Representative Bob Turner is touting his business background and moment as a Republican hero, Wendy Long is pushing herself as a strong conservative woman with ties to some deep-pocketed donors, and George Maragos is promising to invest $5 million up front.(1)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand raised $1.5 million in the first quarter, her campaign announced this morning, in an email that also touted her increased favorability numbers in a new Quinnipiac poll.
Gillibrand now has over $9.1 million in cash on hand for her second statewide race, according to the campaign, after ending last year with $8.1 million on hand.
A few dozen donors descended on former Manhattan County chair Jennifer Saul's home last night for Representative Bob Turner's first proper fund-raiser since becoming a Senate candidate two weeks ago.
The circumstances aren't special anymore, but Bob Turner still sees a 'fair shot' running statewide against Gillibrand
The coalition that gathered at the Roma View Restaurant in Howard Beach six months to celebrate the upset victory of congressman-elect Bob Turner included former Mayor Ed Koch, who supported Turner over the Democrats to "send a message" to President Obama about Israel, and New York State Conservative Party chair Mike Long, who said it was about spending and jobs.
"I am telling you," said Turner, more subdued than the rest, when he finally took the stage that night. "I am the messenger. Heed us. This message will resound for a full year. It will resound into 2012."
Now, with his congressional district slated for elimination in the redistricting process, Turner, a 70-year-old retired cable executive, is seeking the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand. But neither Koch nor Long is with him this time.
First, he watched as internet entrepreneur Marc Cenedella quasi-announced, then abandoned, a bid for the Republican nomination this year to challenge Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand. Then he watched Manhattan attorney and judicial activist Wendy Long declare her candidacy, with help from some veteran G.O.P. operatives, as if he didn't exist. And today, Representative Bob Turner, who became a national Republican hero last year by winning Anthony Weiner's old seat in a special election, announced that he's joining the race too.(1)
Joe Carvin, the town supervisor of Rye, announced this morning that he'll enter the field of would-be challengers to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand this fall.
Carvin, who runs a hedge fund called Altima Partners, joins Nassau Comptroller George Maragos and another recent entrant, attorney Wendy Long, in vying for the Republican nomination.
Marc Cenedella, who appeared this year to be laying the groundwork for a challenge to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, issued a statement this afternoon calling it off.
"I will not be running for the United States Senate in 2012," he said in the statement. "I have given a run careful consideration, and I believe Senator Gillibrand is beatable. Her early and unfounded attacks on me, her weak poll numbers, and her lethargic quarterly fundraising results all point to a politician in trouble — and encourage me to challenge her."