Report: Senor To Announce Senate Run This Week


It looks like it’s really happening…

Dan Senor, the Bush administration’s top spokesman in Iraq, will announce his candidacy for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate from New York “before the week is out,” reports the Daily News, based on “multiple sources familiar with his plans.”TPMmuckraker and the New York Post first reported on signs that Senor might be mulling a run. The New York Times reported earlier this month that he was “seriously considering” it.

Senor, who is married to CNN host Campbell Brown, was the spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, where he developed a reputation as a tireless spinner for his
cause. He currently works for a private equity firm in Manhattan, and recently co-wrote a book on Israel’s economy. He’s also on the board of the Foreign Policy Initiative, a neo-conservative project founded by Bill Kristol, and he recently appeared on a conference call for reporters organized by the RNC, about President Obama’s Afghanistan policy.

According to the Daily News, Senor has been working with both DC- and New-York-based political operatives, as he seeks to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who was appointed to the seat last year by Gov. David Paterson.

None of the other announced or potential candidates for the GOP nomination — a group that includes Bruce Blakeman, who last year dropped out of the New York mayoral race, and David Malpass, a former Bear Stearns economist who worked in the Reagan administration — has so far developed much traction.