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GOP considers ex-Gov. Pataki for US Senate run

By Michael Gormley
Associated Press Writer / February 19, 2009
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ALBANY, N.Y.—A person who spoke to George Pataki says national Republicans have approached the former New York governor about running for the Senate in 2010.

The person confirmed Tuesday's meeting in New York City between Pataki and Sen. John Cornyn (KOHR'-nihn), a Texas Republican who heads the party's national Senate campaign committee. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he isn't authorized to comment.

The person says Pataki, now in private law practice, hasn't yet accepted or rejected the idea. The race would be against Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand (JILL'-uh-brand), who was appointed to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton and said she will run.

Pataki didn't respond to a request for comment.

Cornyn's office referred questions to the committee, which didn't comment.

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