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Zuckerman won't run for New York Senate



New York publishing magnate Mort Zuckerman won't run for New York Senate.

Updated, 8:34 p.m.

New York publishing magnate Mort Zuckerman has decided against running for the Senate this November, he announced late Tuesday.

"At this time, it is very difficult to see how I can devote the necessary time to either a campaign, or to working in Washington, if I were to win," Zuckerman said.

Sources close to Zuckerman said that three considerations pushed him away from the race: his two young children, the recent death of a Ed Linde, a longtime business partner, and a slew of associations with not-for-profit groups that he is loathe to give up.

Zuckerman, who owns the New York Daily News, has spent the last few weeks consulting with a variety of elected officials and political strategists about the feasibility of a bid.

Among those he has spoken to include: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former New York Gov. George Pataki, former New York Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, former News Corp. executive Gary Ginsberg, media consultant Bill Knapp (a member of Bloomberg's inner circle) and pollster Arthur Finkelstein.

Fellow publisher Rupert Murdoch had kind words for Zuckerman at a breakfast in New York City this morning. "You probably thought you'd never hear me say this about a rival publisher but Mort Zuckerman would improve the Senate race just by his entry," he said.

While Zuckerman's personal wealth would almost certainly have made the race against appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) moderately competitive, a new Marist Poll showed that he would start off well behind the incumbent. Gillibrand held a wide 59 percent to 26 percent edge over Zuckerman in the survey.

In an interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell today, Gillibrand acknowledged the challenge of running against a billionaire like Zuckerman but added: "I was outspent my first race, I was outspent my second race, but I was not outworked."

Gillibrand -- despite somewhat middling poll numbers -- is now a clear favorite for re-election particularly given former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford's recent decision not to challenge her in the state's primary.

"As we have seen time and time again, she is New York tough and she is impressing New Yorkers every chance she gets," said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee communications director Eric Schultz of Gillibrand.

Republicans continue to believe Gillibrand is vulnerable, however, and must expand the playing field into places like New York if they want to have any reasonable chance of winning back the Senate majority this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 2, 2010; 5:07 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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Mort is a brilliant, generous, and complex individual who knows and understands more about the ramifications of global, political strife. gordonhamel

Agree with you gordon 100%. Mort would bring a much needed voice of reason to any public office.

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Posted by: nikejordans1 | March 4, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

For those of us who hope for a Middle East policy that represents U.S. interests, Mr. Zuckerman's decision to keep his money to himself is good news.

Posted by: jdave | March 3, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Oh and, of course, how could I forget JakeD. One almost wonders if they were just hired to sit on message boards and spout primary campaign nonsense--if you say it enough time...

Posted by: orgbluspider | March 3, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

MargaretMeyers, if they all sound the same it is because they are pretty much the same two people. After a while you just learn to ignore 37andO and drivl... their arguments are not serious and they don't deal honestly with evidence that does not fit their world view, so eventually you realize that there is no point responding to them. It is not like they actually want to talk. They just want to spout.

Posted by: orgbluspider | March 3, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

while I respect Zuckerman, he failed to mention in his decision that he truly had no desire to blow $50 million of his personal wealth in a likely unsuccessful senate run.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 3, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

curious about the hyperbole and misrepresentations here. Its $950 billion and as far as being unfunded you must be confusing yourself with the Bush tax cuts, 2 wars and Medicare Part D which do add up to 3 trillion dollars in unpaid debt. Not only is HC reform being paid for but will shrink the deficit by $100 billion over 10 years according to the CBO.
Curious if any rightie here will tell us previsely how Rs paid for Medicare Part D, the 2 wars and the 2001 Bush tax cuts. I asked that question here several months ago and never received an answer. Wonder why?

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 3, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

We have a 3 Trillion Dollar - basically unfunded program - which the democrats are attempting to FORCE A FINANCIAL CRISIS ONTO A FUTURE CONGRESS IN ORDER TO RAISE THE TAXES TO PAY FOR HEALTH CARE.


When the American People realize fully what the finances are, Obama's name and legacy will be synonymous with overspending and financial nightmares.


To spend and never know how it will be payed for - to obama.


To get stuck with a bill - to get obamaed.


To force a program or a rule on an unwilling person - to ram an obama

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

I agree with leichtman1.

The posters from the right here post often and they post loud. But like the party they represent all they post are old gripes, sulky swipes, obsessive slams of the pResident and silly, grandstanding predictions. The only variety they provide is the steady stream of middle-school insults directed at other posters, and that sprinkling of the latest thinking from the Western Taliban religious. They are excellent representatives of the Party of No, and listening to them gets us nowhere.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 3, 2010 6:14 AM | Report abuse

I went to university with Zuckerman's ex-wife, Marla Prather. Suffice it to say that if birds of a feather flock together, he's a good guy and I'm somewhat disappointed in his decision not to run.

No predictions from me on the NY Senate race, learned my lesson from the Martha Coakley upset.

Posted by: Kelly14 | March 3, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Reading the comments above, I am astonished at the number of people who comment about a man they don't even know.

Mort is a brilliant, generous, and complex individual who knows and understands more about the ramifications of global, political strife.

If he were to run, he would close the percentage gap in a matter of days.

Perhaps most important, Mort has a lot of integrity. That in itself would change the dynamics of any race he choose to enter.

Posted by: gordonhamel@cox.net | March 2, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Reading the comments above, I am astonished at the number of people who comment about a man they don't even know.

Mort is a brilliant, generous, and complex individual who knows and understands more about the ramifications of global, political strife.

If he were to run, he would close the percentage gap in a matter of days.

Perhaps most important, Mort has a lot of integrity. That in itself would change the dynamics of any race he choose to enter.

Posted by: gordonhamel@cox.net | March 2, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1


You can stuff it - you are guilty of what you complain about.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 2, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1


You can stuff it - you are guilty of what you complain about.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 2, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Jump in Zucky baby, the waters warm. What's one more liberal in a pot of loon stew? Do you know why God doesn't answer all of your prayers? It's because he loves you. Do you konw why you liberals won the house/senate and White house? It's because America hates you and we needed to let you kill yourselves with your brainless overindulgence and mindless spending. We'll survive the lesson, you morons will be relegated to the dustbin of forgotten ideas.....till the next time you need this lesson repeated. Peace out Hope and Changelings.

Posted by: RedRuffansore | March 2, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

hate, hate, hate, that is all that we read here from the right. no original thoughts, only how hateful can they be.ra ra Rs are wonderful Ds are dirt according to them. is this supposed to be their attempt at intellectual political discourse? why in the world would they think that anyone has the slightest bit of interest in that kind of garbage? pathetic.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 2, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

The people around the country are already sick of Obama - the apology tours around the world - the excessive ego - the lack of attention to jobs - the insistence that he knows better than anyone.


Unbelievable..

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 2, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I just saw a clip of Nancy Pelosi in 2004 - she definitely has gotten plastic surgery.


HHM....

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 2, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

JakeD2

This bill will either die now or be repealed. Also, if the Republicans take just the House, they can refuse to fund the bill until it is completely repealed.

Obama has a long long road ahead of him either way.

THIS WILL NOT BE OVER. Obama thinks he will jam it through with no Republicans - but in the long run, the bill NEEDS Republican support.


Obama is an idiot - he has no idea what he is doing.


He should just go bow to the Japanese on his way back to Indonesia.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 2, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

nice try jake. Shove down your throats? I think you are confused about the 6 hour Medicare Part D vote in 2003.
You know the Up or Down Vote you and McConnell whined about that Rs were entitled to, for months. Anytime Ds bring a bill to the floor to be voted on, we hear Rs throwing out more hyperbolic phrases. This time a simple up or down vote becomes shoving down your throats. Fine Ds will shove it down R's throat just like they did with Medicare (which you and Rs say that you hate and would like abolished) and Social Security they desperately and valiantly tried to inser into the 2008 Stock market debacle. No shoving a vote down a party's throat was the dispicable way that Tom DeLay and Denny Hastert kept the Medicare Part D vote open where they were behind 216 to 215 for 6 hours until 3 am so DeLay could twist R arms an unprecedented 6 hours. Rs didn't want Medicare, Social Security or Natl HC. Get used to it jake as they all will be collectively shoved down R's collective throats.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 2, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

What I said is "IF Obamacare gets shoved down our throats, the Republicans will take back Congress." If they wake-up in time and realize what a huge political blunder they are making, maybe they can hang on to the Senate (this time around).

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 2, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Zuckerman from Canada? Seems like everyone that runs for the Senate in New York is from somewhere else. Hillary, Harold, and now Zuck.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 2, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

jake and others have told us they are absolutely certain Rs would take over Congress in Nov. I wouldn't rush to that conclusion after this latest McClatchy poll:

"according to a new McClatchy-Ipsos poll.

Yet the anger and frustration with Washington aren't directed solely at either party and don't automatically add up to a tidal wave against the governing Democrats in this year's elections for control of Congress, the poll suggested"

"In fact, Americans tilt slightly against Republicans as to which party they blame more. They also give a 10-point edge to Democrats when they're asked which party they'd vote for if the congressional elections were today."

Zuckerman is a pretty smart man and likely fygures there is more that he can do better than simply blowing $50 million or more of his personal wealth. Meg you are welcome to throw away $150 million in your losing cause in Ca, but Zuckerman is smarter than that.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 2, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight:


The liberal position is this: the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th amendments DO APPLY TO THE STATES.


The 2nd Amendment APPLIES ONLY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.


The 10th Amendment APPLIES TO NO ONE.


Is that the correct position of the liberals ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 2, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

It actually would have been better to show Zuckerman in a pic in New York.


Making him look like a Washington pol is the kiss of death.

Intentional ? Subconscious ?


We will never know.......


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 2, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers

Thank you for actually addressing this issue - your position is clear.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 2, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I wish 37th would get it straight, or else be quiet about NOT being able to get it straight.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 2, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing Mort won't run. Aside from the personal questions he'd have to answer and the brickbats he'd have to dodge, that thirty-point spread favoring Gillibrand in the new Marist poll has got to be daunting to somebody as vain as Zuckerman.

Posted by: prettierthanyou | March 2, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight:


The liberal position is this: the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th amendments DO APPLY TO THE STATES.


The 2nd Amendment APPLIES ONLY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.


The 10th Amendment APPLIES TO NO ONE.


Is that the correct position of the liberals ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 2, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I think Zuckerman will do it in the end.


This year is getting very interesting.

If Tommy Thompson jumps in, Dino Rossi and Zuckerman - the Republicans have a reasonable chance to capture the Senate this year.


Obama would be sad.

Obama would then have to negotiate with the Republicans on everything.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 2, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I do wish that Gillibrand faces a real challenge in the primary. Not necessarily desiring a defeat, but annointment by Paterson hardly bestows an aura of legitimacy. I doubt Lazio will present much of a challenge in the fall.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 2, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

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