McCarthy Not Challenging Gillibrand In 2010 Senate Primary

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Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) has announced that she is not running for Senate, which would have involved a Democratic primary challenge against the appointed incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

It was reported earlier today that Vice President Biden called up Rep. Carolyn Maloney and asked her not to run. President Obama previously made a phone call three weeks ago to Rep. Steve Israel, who had also been gearing up to challenge Gillibrand, and talked him out of the race.

Maloney denied that Biden has pushed her out. “You don’t make a decision of that magnitude,” she said, “in a telephone conversation.”

Late Update: An earlier version of this post confused Carolyn Maloney and Carolyn McCarthy.

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