Democrat Kristen Gillibrand won her congressional seat where the registration favors republicans by about 80,000 voters. She was endorsed by the NRA. She also has an 87.56% Lifetime Progressive Score. As a comparison, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy has a 83.44 score and Rep. Carolyn Maloney has a 89.9% score.
Gillibrand is a fiscal conservative with progressive/liberal social stances in line with most New York Democrats.
Gillibrand's stances neutralize anything King can bring to the table. King won't be the "moderate" in the race. He can't throw the "LIBERULLLLL!!!!!!" label at her.
Does this mean King will decide not to run?
I think so.
Gillibrand represents upstate New York where there hasn't been a
King spent so much time bashing Caroline Kennedy hoping sh was the choice, he didn't think he'd have an opponent he can't easily label.
Gillibrand will have almost 2 years to make a name for herself - which she will do with Schumer's help- and she will be a formidable candidate in 2010.