Dan Senor Could Challenge Gillibrand for Senate Seat

US Representative of New York Kirsten Gillibrand, 2007/8/21
Kirsten Gillibrand

Dan Senor, a foreign policy adviser in the Bush administration, may be entering a statewide race in New York, according to reports.

Senor may challenge Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (shown at left) this fall, the Wall Street Journal reported. Bruce Blakeman, an attorney, is already in the running for the GOP candidacy, but the party is still looking at Senor and other candidates, according to the Journal.

If Senor does enter the race, Gillibrand's campaign team would zero in on his role as a spokesman during the Iraq war, Politico reports.

"There will be plenty of time to talk in-depth about Senor's role as George Bush's chief spin doctor in Iraq if he ever makes it past a competitive Republican primary," Gillibrand spokesman Glen Caplin said.

Senor, who is married to CNN's Campbell Brown, may announce his bid within several weeks, the New York Daily News reports. Former GOP Gov. George Pataki is also still holding back from announcing a possible Senate bid.