The Republicans appear to have found themselves a candidate to run in the yet-to-be-called special election for former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ Long Island seat, settling, according to sources, on Christopher McGrath, a personal injury attorney who has never held or run for elected public office and says he doesn’t have ties to the Nassau County GOP.

Reached at his Garden City law offices, McGrath, 57, neither confirmed nor denied his intention to run. But did say: “I don’t think anyone is supposed to talk about that until 5 o’clock today.”

“I think anyone would be honored to take that type of position,” McGrath, a past president of the Nassau County Bar Association, continued. “That’s as politically correct a comment as I can give you.”

McGrath said he has no political connections, “other than being interested in what goes on in the world.” He has held several positions on judicial screening committees, which are appointed posts, and is currently serving as a member of the Committees on Character and Fitness for the Second Judicial Department. He is also an adjunct professor at Hofstra University School of Law.

During a brief telephone interview, McGrath said he has worked at his firm – Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath and Cannavo – for 33 years, joining in 1983 after graduating from the University of Dayton School of Law in Ohio.

According to his biography on the firm’s website, McGrath is one of its “leading trial attorneys” and a “string of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements” have earned him a “stellar reputation in the legal community.”

Word of McGrath’s potential candidacy comes on the heels of the news earlier today that Democratic Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky on Sunday will hold a “special announcement” as he gears up for a run for Skelos’ old seat.

Kaminsky, a former federal prosecutor and freshman member of his chamber, has already garnered the support of his fellow Democrats, who believe he has a strong shot to win – especially given his corruption-busting background and the fact that Skelos was ousted from the Senate following his conviction on a federal corruption charge.

As Nick noted earlier, a win by Kaminsky would help the Senate Democrats’ considerably in their quest to win back control of the chamber. Nick also pointed out that though Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he plans to call a special election to fill this and a handful of other vacant seats in the Legislature, (including the one from which ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was ousted when he was convicted on federal corruption charges), he has yet to do so.

Cuomo has said he was leaning toward calling a special on April 19 – the same day the presidential primaries will be held in New York. But there is some concern that the city Board of Elections won’t be able to handle both state and federal races on the same day.

UPDATE: While he said he has no connection to the Nassau County GOP, McGrath has given the party a sizable chunk of change – $15,500 from 2010 to 2015. He also ponied up $3,150 for the local Conservative Party between 2006 to 2014, and $1,000 to the state Senate Republican Campaign Committee in 2008.

But McGrath has largely been an equal opportunity campaign contributor, also giving to Democrats like former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his then LG-running mate David Paterson ($500), (he also gave $2,000 to Paterson’s own gubernatorial campaign committee), as well as former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi ($1,000) and Assemblyman Charles Lavine ($500).

Also, the Senate Democrats’ spokesman Mike Murphy emailed over the following statement:

“The Senate Republicans still haven’t learned their lesson. Voters are tired of corrupt party machines and high-priced personal injury lawyers looking to drive more business to their law firms. Following the corruption and scandal brought by Dean Skelos, Nassau voters deserve a senator who will work for them and put their needs first, and that clearly isn’t Christopher McGrath.”