New York: Local Legislator Eyes Race Against Rep. Hall

Posted February 5, 2008 at 5:03pm

With Republicans still scrambling to find a strong challenger to freshman Rep. John Hall (D), Westchester County Legislator George Oros (R) told local media outlets this week that he is contemplating getting into the race.

“I haven’t filed any papers yet or made any formal decision, but I am pointed in that direction,” Oros told Gannett News Service. He promised an answer by March.

Hall, who wrested the Hudson Valley seat in 2006 from then-Rep. Sue Kelly (R), was a major GOP target at the beginning of the cycle, and national Republicans rejoiced when they recruited wealthy businessman Andrew Saul into the race. But Saul abruptly abandoned his bid late last fall, leaving 32-year-old Iraq War veteran Kieran Michael Lalor as the only Republican in the race.

Through Dec. 31, Hall had more than $1 million in his campaign account and Lalor had $26,000.

Oros, a lawyer, is a 13-year veteran of the county Legislature, where he serves as Minority Leader.

“I think I have the skill set required for this district,” he said, “and I’m more in tune with what the district wants.”
— Josh Kurtz