Add Molinari to List of Possible Gillibrand Foes

Posted January 7, 2010 at 3:41pm

New York Republicans’ strategy for finding a candidate to take on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) seems to be to throw a bunch of names up and see what sticks.The latest to emerge: former Rep. Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.)Molinari told the Staten Island Advance on Thursday that she has been encouraged to consider the race by her father, former Congressman and Borough President Guy Molinari (R), and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R). She said she would decide on the race “sooner rather than later.—Molinari is a principal in the Washington, D.C., branch of Giuliani’s law firm, Bracewell & Giuliani.Former state Sen. Mike Balboni is still not ruling out a run, the New York Daily News reports, while Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) is again backing away from the prospect of challenging Gillibrand.