Rep. Bob Turner (R-NY) has announced that he is running for Senate against Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand — after he effectively lost via redistricting the House seat he picked up in a huge upset in last September’s special election.
“I ran for the House six months ago as a private citizen fed up with what is happening in Washington. I could not sit and watch career politicians sink my nation deeper into economic crisis” Turner said in a statement, the New York Daily News reports. “Brooklyn and Queens voters, of all political parties, graciously responded by sending me to Congress. It now appears that their district has been eliminated.”
Turner won his seat in a special election, following the resignation of Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner in a scandal involving cybersex-chats — only for the district to be carved up among its neighbors, due to the state losing two seats. Running against Gillibrand could be an even tougher challenge for Turner, as the state is likely to vote heavily for President Obama — and Gillibrand already won a special election in 2010, winning with 62% of the vote in a GOP wave year.