U.S. Representative Bob Turner, who famously won ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Congressional seat in a September special election, announced today that he will challenge incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in the 2012 Senate election.
“I will travel to the Republican State Convention in Rochester later this week and humbly ask for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate,” Turner said in a statement. “There is serious work to be done to get this economy back on track, and I will not walk away from that work now. I will run for the Senate, and I will run to win.”
Republicans hope that Turner, whose Congressional seat will soon be eliminated by redistricting, can provide some competition to Gillibrand, who was expected to coast to an easy re-election. Turner may have trouble, however, running against an outspoken women’s rights advocate in the Sandra Fluke era.