New York Daily News publisher Mortimer Zuckerman has held serious discussions about challenging incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, according to The New York Times.
Zuckerman, 72, would run as a Republican or independent to avoid a costly primary battle against Gillibrand, a Democrat, reports the Times. The billionaire real estate mogul would try to appeal to voters as a political outsider and savvy businessman in a time of economic uncertainty.
Despite the Times report, a Zuckerman spokesman issued a statement that said "Mr. Zuckerman is not interested in running for public office."
Gillibrand may face a primary challenge from former Tennessee Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr.
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