Carvin Out Of US Senate Race (Updated)
A source close to Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin confirms he is bowing out of the race this morning, but has not yet decided on whether to endorse one of his three rivals for the party’s support to take on Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand this fall.
Carvin is scheduled to announce his decision in a statement this morning prior to the convention’s 10:30 a.m. start.
UPDATE: Carvin’s press release is out, and it appears in full after the jump.
He is expected to meet within minutes at the Radisson here in Rochester with Rep. Bob Turner, whose very late decision to enter this race and not to seek re-election to the House in a redrawn and uphill-climb district has thrown the Republicans into turmoil.
Carvin was a late add to this contest himself. Too late, according to his critics. He was also criticized by some GOP county chairs for being too liberal – he’s pro-choice and voted for President Obama in 2008.
He tried to counter that by touting his credentials as a pragmatic fiscal conservative, but failed to gain much traction – even though he pledged to spend $1 million of his own cash on his campaign.
Carvin only managed to land the endorsement of one GOP county committee – his home organization, Westchester, which accounts for about 5.3 percent of the weighted convention vote.
Westchester is now up for grabs, according to my source.
This leaves Turner, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and attorney Wendy Long in the hunt to challenge Gillibrand.
Turner received word last night that he had landed the support of his home county GOP, Queens, which had previously backed Maragos. The comptroller was the first candidate to hit the 25 percent mark to get onto the ballot, but that requires his home county of Nassau and neighboring Suffolk to remain firmly in his camp.
Maragos last night denied rumors – perpetuated by the Turner camp – that he would drop out of the race and run for retiring Rep. Gary Ackerman’s seat.
Long, who landed Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy’s backing this week – a whopping 11.7 percent of the convention vote – is close to the 25 percent mark. She also is almost certain to get the Conservative nod on March 19 in NYC when the party holds its convention.
The Democrats are meeting Monday in NYC to formally nominate Gillibrand for re-election.
Westchester businessman and Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin (R) withdrew his candidacy today for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate.
When Carvin made the decision to get into this race, the Republican Party had only one declared candidate for the office. Carvin entered the race because he wanted to ensure that the Republican Party faithful had a choice of candidates and to ensure that voters understood the depth and urgency of the financial crisis confronting the nation and threatening our long-term jobs prospects.
Carvin made it clear that this kind of fundamental reform could not go forward without shared sacrifice among the people of New York and the United States.
“Far too often politicians are afraid to tell voters the truth about the severity of the fiscal and jobs crisis we are facing. I was pleased that the New York Republicans are prepared roll up their sleeves and take on today’s daunting challenges.”
Since Carvin’s decision to enter the race, two new candidates have decided to run for US Senate joining George Maragos in the competition, Wendy Long and Congressman Bob Turner.
“My number one goal in entering the race was to ensure that the Republican Party had a nominee capable of defeating Ms. Gillibrand in November,” Mr. Carvin said.
“But in the last several days – after Ms. Gillibrand was ranked the most left-wing senator in America by National Journal and after she voted for higher gas prices by opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline – I believe any of the candidates in this race can beat her.”
“I am one hundred percent confident that I would have received the 25% of the Republican delegate vote necessary to get on the ballot, but I am now comfortable that my party is well represented.”
The New York State Republican Convention, at which a Party nominee will be chosen, is being held today in Rochester, NY.
“This has been a tremendously uplifting experience and I am extraordinarily grateful to all those around the state who have supported me in ways large and small over the past few weeks. I am particularly grateful to my own county chairman Doug Colety and his committee for giving me such strong support.”
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