Bob Turner, the newly-elected Republican congressman from New York City who replaced Democrat Anthony Weiner, will be running for the GOP nomination to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat and New York's junior senator. The Associated Press reports:
Turner won his seat in Queens and Brooklyn in a September special election to replace Anthony Weiner, a Democrat who resigned after admitting he sent women lewd text messages and photos of himself.
But a federal judge involved in New York's redistricting process has proposed eliminating Turner's district.
The other Republican candidates are Nassau County comptroller George Maragos, New York City attorney Wendy Long and Rye Town supervisor and hedge fund manager Joe Carvin.
Turner, the AP notes, is throwing in his hat just three days before the New York GOP's state convention in Rochester this Friday. The convention will designate a U.S. Senate candidate to run against Gillibrand in the fall. The blog at Capital Tonight, a statewide political television program, reported Sunday that state GOP leaders reportedly urged Turner to run.