Betsy McCaughey: ‘I Am Definitely Not A Candidate’ Against Kirsten Gillibrand


Could Betsy McCaughey, the former New York lieutenant governor and arch-enemy of liberal health care reformers, be a potential candidate for governor or Senate?

The New York Daily News reports that a reader received polling phone call that tested various candidates in the races against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as for the open gubernatorial race. Among the names was McCaughey, who served one term as a Republican lieutenant governor in 1990s, then switched to the Democrats after she was dropped from the GOP ticket for the 1998 election. (She failed to win the Dem nomination for governor, and then won 1.65% of the vote as the nominee of the Liberal Party.)We asked McCaughey’s office whether she or her supporters were involved in this poll, or if instead this was the work of other people unconnected to herself. McCaughey’s office sent us this statement from her: “It’s flattering to be in the mix, but I am definitely not a candidate. I am serving on the finance committee for candidate David Malpass. Thank you.”