Marc Cenedella, the CEO of TheLadders.com who faced growing criticisms over blog posts on his website, announced this evening that he would not be challenging Senator Kirsten Gillibrand after all.
“I will not be running for the United States Senate in 2012. I have given a run careful consideration, and I believe Senator Gillibrand is beatable,” he said in a statement. “Her early and unfounded attacks on me, her weak poll numbers, and her lethargic quarterly fundraising results all point to a politician in trouble — and encourage me to challenge her.”
“But running for the Senate this year, under this accelerated election calendar, is untenable for me from a business perspective. The calendar is too tight for me to do what I need to do politically and professionally to win this seat in 2012. I promised to make a quick decision on whether to run for the Senate out of respect for the Republican and Conservative Parties and the other candidates pursuing this race, and I fulfill that promise today. I look forward to doing everything in my power to help the candidate ultimately selected defeat Ms. Gillibrand and her errant policies for the sake of economic growth in this state.”
Mr. Cenedella had not formally filed a committee to run against Ms. Gillibrand, but he did aggressively engage her campaign. His exit leaves Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos as the one remaining candidate actively campaigning for the race. Manhattan attorney Wendy Long is also mentioned as a potential GOP contender.