Senate Races Update

Two quick pieces of news from the race for the Senate in 2010. First, polls are out showing Rudy! up over Kirsten Gillibrand from Rassmussen (H/T Surrounded by Idiots):

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state finds Giuliani, the former Republican mayor of New York City, leading Gillibrand by 13 points – 53% to 40%. Four percent (4%) like some other candidate, and just two percent (2%) are undecided.

Rudy still hasn’t made his mind up on this race, but I think that this will help nudge him towards the “yes” column. To be above 50% a full year out is enviable territory for any candidate. Rudy is still not my favorite Republican, but in this race, in that state, I sure can stomach him.

Secondly, we may have been a bit premature in hinting towards a Dobbs run for President. It would appear that right now his thoughts are primarily on the Senate. From The Reporter:

HILLSIDE, N.J. (AP) — Former CNN host Lou Dobbs is seriously considering running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey in 2012 as a stepping stone to a possible White House bid — a congressional matchup that would pit one of illegal immigration’s biggest critics against a champion for immigrant rights.

Dobbs spokesman Robert Dilenschneider told The Associated Press Wednesday that Dobbs may challenge Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat, but is considering other offers he’s received since his abrupt exit from CNN on Nov. 11 after 29 years on the news network.

“A logical step for Lou, should he choose to go into public life, is to run for the next Senate seat in New Jersey, or to accept some kind of appointed position, nationally or in New Jersey,” Dilenschneider said.

The article itself hints towards the bid as a steppingstone. Political logic would dictate that this is a bad move (Allen ’08, anyone), but when a four year Senator who spent half of his 2/3rds of a term in the Senate running for POTUS is sitting in the White House, hey, anything can happen.

At least its no stranger than Lou Dobbs already trying to make amends with Latinos. From the Wall Street Journal:

First, though, Mr. Dobbs is working to repair what a spokesman conceded is a glaring flaw: His reputation for antipathy toward Latino immigrants. In a little-noticed interview Friday, Mr. Dobbs told Spanish-language network Telemundo he now supports a plan to legalize millions of undocumented workers, a stance he long lambasted as an unfair “amnesty.”

“Whatever you have thought of me in the past, I can tell you right now that I am one of your greatest friends and I mean for us to work together,” he said in a live interview with Telemundo’s Maria Celeste. “I hope that will begin with Maria and me and Telemundo and other media organizations and others in this national debate that we should turn into a solution rather than a continuing debate and factional contest.”
Strange days indeed.
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