The next is an expanded model of the third merchandise from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions:
State Senate Republicans see former Rye metropolis councilwoman Julie Killian as their greatest shot at profitable a key particular election in Westchester County that would decide which occasion controls the chamber.
The actual fact Killian is a girl who could be dealing with a feminine Democratic candidate–Assemblywoman Shelly Mayer– could be a profit within the present political local weather, GOP insiders say.
“She would make the race winnable,” a Senate Republican supply stated.
Killian misplaced a 2016 bid for the seat to incumbent Democrat George Latimer, who resigned in January to grow to be Westchester County government.
However Senate GOPers word she acquired almost 6,000 extra votes within the district than President Trump.
And so they say Latimer, regardless of his overwhelming county government victory in 2017 over incumbent GOP county government Rob Astorino, gained his Senate district in that race by simply four factors.
Two different Republicans–commercial litigation lawyer Sarmad Khojasteh and former prosecutor Dan Schorr– are eying the nomination, although sources say Khojasteh is ready to drop out if Killian will get within the race.
Gov. Cuomo is predicted to name the particular election to fill the Latimer seat for April 24.
As a result of it’s a particular election, the candidates can be picked by the county occasion committees, not by means of a major.
The Westchester GOP is predicted to display candidates on Tuesday and decide its selection as early as Wednesday, sources say.
The Senate GOP is predicted to go after Mayer, of Yonkers, for defending then-Meeting Speaker Sheldon Silver’s dealing with of a number of sexual harassment incidents within the chamber.
A supply stated the Republican line of assault will even concentrate on the truth that whereas a counsel within the Senate, she labored for 2 leaders who finally went to jail and helped create insurance policies the GOP stated harm the suburbs just like the creation of an MTA payroll tax and the elimination of a property tax rebate examine from the state.
Mayer spokesman Dough Forand shrugged off the assaults.
“Senate Republicans nonetheless do not get it – so long as they stand with Donald Trump, keep silent on his bullying techniques, defend his tax hikes and ignore his offensive assaults towards ladies, voters are going to maintain abandoning them,” Forand stated. “They’ll preserve making an attempt to cover behind Trump’s pretend information playbook, however the details are clear – Shelley Mayer stands up for girls, fights for Westchester and has delivered document funding for native colleges.”