A little over a week after announcing his intention to challenge State Senator Diane Savino next year, 21-year-old NYU junior named Saint Jermaine Endeley may drop his bid to take the 23rd District seat. Word of Mr. Enderley’s early departure from the race first appeared via a report on The Brooklyn Politics this afternoon that said “multiple sources familiar with the situation” expected Mr. Endeley to drop out of the race. Mr. Endeley subsequently told The Politicker he’s re-evaluating his decision to run. ”We don’t know if were going forward at this point,” Mr. Endeley said. “We’re not talking to the press at this time, we’ll have a statement tomorrow morning.”
Mr. Endeley’s young age wasn’t the only atypical aspect of his candidacy, the upstart senate hopeful describes himself as a “pro-business” democrat and has a “5-5-5 Plan” reminiscent of the policies of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
Mr. Endeley, a former football star at Curtis High School in Staten Island, is currently in his junior year at NYU. He took a leave of absence in order to mount his campaign.Senator Savino is a four term incumbent who was originally elected to represent the 23rd district, which includes parts of Staten Island’s North Shore and South Brooklyn, in 2004. Last week, Senator Savino told The Politicker she wasn’t threatened by her challenger.
“No one is really a candidate until they make the ballot,” she said. “He is a smart young guy, he is a student at NYU. He actually called me last night to tell me that he may not go forward with it, but if he does go forward with it, I am his idol.”
In an interview this morning, before he decided to re-evaluate his bid, Mr. Endeley told The Politicker he wasn’t expecting to line up any endorsements against an established incumbment.
“I’m no stranger to a lot of elected officials and a lot of Democratic party officials who’ve known me from me being around in the last couple of years,” Mr. Endeley said. “I’m no stranger to them, but what a lot of them have said was, ‘Saint Jermaine, she’s an incumbent and, you know, the rule is we support the incumbent.’ I fully understand that.”
Despite being shut out by the Democratic party, Mr. Enderley thought he could still take on Senator Savino, however the challenge of unseating a veteran local politician was clearly greater than Mr. Enderley initially anticipated. In most her recent election last year, Senator Savino ran unopposed and garnered just under 30,000 votes.