Jessie (sailorangei) wrote in ontd_political,

Susan Molinari mulling run against Sen. Gillibrand

Source:, a site for Staten Island news.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Former GOP Rep. Susan Molinari is looking at running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand this year.

Ms. Molinari, 52, who left Congress in 1997 and currently lives in Virginia, said that given the health care debate and the upcoming trials of accused 9/11 terrorists here, "it's an important time to have aggressive leadership in the Senate" in the tradition of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Alfonse D'Amato and Charles Schumer.

Ms. Molinari said she is being urged to run by her father, former Congressman and Borough President Guy Molinari, and by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, both of whom called her yesterday.

"This is very early in a conversation I'm having with myself," said Ms. Molinari, who is a senior principal at the Bracewell & Giuliani law firm, where she does government affairs work and lobbying.

Ms. Molinari, a former City Council Minority Leader, said she would decide "sooner rather than later" whether she would make the run.

Guy Molinari said he called his daughter after despairing that no "star candidates" had emerged to take on Ms. Gillibrand.

"All of a sudden I think, the best candidate in the entire country is my daughter," he said. "I told her, 'This country has been very good to us. We have to give something in return.'"

Guy Molinari said that he's touted his daughter to state GOP chairman Edward Cox.

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