Bloomberg's Galpal Eyes Gillibrand's Seat
Diana Taylor well-qualified, has the clout
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2010 9:41 AM CST
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg arrives with Diana Taylor for a State Dinner hosted by President Obama on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – It appears pretty much everyone in New York thinks Kirsten Gillibrand's Senate seat is there for the taking—the latest in the long line of would-be contenders is Mayor Mike Bloomberg's longtime girlfriend, former state banking superintendent Diana Taylor. "She was asked to consider it," a Republican insider tells the New York Post. No comment from either Taylor or Hizzoner, who's gotten along with Gillibrand less than famously.

While watchers note that Taylor has the experience and clout to mount a winning campaign, others cite her aversion to being in the public eye: "I'm not sure why she'd want to do it," says one. Other potential contenders, according to the Post:

  • Joe DioGuardi, former Westchester congressman and pop to American Idol's Kara.
  • Dan Senor, former George W Bush administration official.