October 20, 2004

RUNNING RIGHT (via Robert Schwartz):

Schumer Casts a Wide Net, Campaigning for His Immediate Future and the Long Run (MICHAEL SLACKMAN, 10/19/04, NY Times)

While national Democratic leaders have been busy pummeling President Bush, New York's senior senator, Charles E. Schumer, a Democrat, spent part of a campaign debate on Sunday aligning himself with the president, saying he voted with Mr. Bush "to extend the child income tax credit,'' and that he "voted with the president for authorization to go into Iraq."

With those comments, Mr. Schumer underscored a strategic reality as he seeks re-election: He is not just content to win a second term in the United States Senate, but he is looking to win big. And to do that, he must attract more conservative voters.

The strategy is all the more noteworthy, political strategists and pollsters said, because Mr. Schumer refused during the debate to rule out a run for governor in 2006. Should he make such a run, firming up support among conservative upstate and suburban Democrats can only help that effort if he finds himself in a primary race against New York's attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, who is also considering running for governor.

Are any of the Democratic Senatorial candidates endorsing John Kerry, or are they all pro-Bush?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 20, 2004 1:16 PM

The correct headline would be rat sighted leaving ship. In separate news, mate reports new leaks below decks.

Posted by: at October 20, 2004 1:26 PM

Schumer is a centrist by New York standards. If only he weren't such a gun-grabbing nutcase, I could conceivably support him.

It's tough being the only senior senator who has to wear Kevlar in order to be protected from his junior senator and her henchmen.

Posted by: Bart at October 20, 2004 4:46 PM

Schumer has had $$$ problems (public money to pay for private trips), and in most other states, he would be running scared. Of course, the GOP candidate is not up to the task.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 21, 2004 11:49 PM

It is a shame the GOP candidate is so bad. Schumer is IMNSHO a total loss. He proclaims how he is for New York, yet the man he beat, d'Amato, did more for New York with a hostile president and a hostile congress by himself than Schumer and Hillary combined. New York really lost out when d'Amato lost and Pat died. Now we are represented by useless midgets.

Posted by: dick at October 22, 2004 11:05 PM


You are of course correct. If NY had Schumer and D'Amato they'd be a lot better off.

Posted by: Bart at October 22, 2004 11:24 PM