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GOP Lining Up Challengers to Chuck Schumer in 2016

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By    |   Monday, 06 Apr 2015 12:39 PM

The Republican Party has lined up a handful of possible opponents to challenge New York Sen. Charles Schumer for his seat next year, according to the New York Post.

The short list includes three sitting congressmen and the newly selected Manhattan GOP Chairwoman Adele Malpass.

Rep. Peter King is among those being touted. He is conservative on social issues but has often been a critic of national conservative activists.

"I really think King might be interested in going after Schumer," an activist told the Post.

Two socially liberal congressmen, Reps. Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna, are also on the list. Both are pro-choice and pro-gay marriage.

Gibson is a retired Army colonel and combat veteran with a doctorate in government from Cornell.

"I think he'd be a very strong statewide candidate. He's very conservative on everything but on social issues," Malpass said.

Hanna "could go out on a high note if he takes on Schumer," a prominent GOP strategist told the Post.

Malpass is a social liberal with significant financial resources. She, however, told the Post that she is not interested in running.

"No, no, no, under no circumstances," Malpass said, insisting that she is focused on rebuilding the city's GOP organization.

The odds of a Republican toppling Schumer are acknowledged to be low, but some are optimistic that the president's negative rating among New York Jewish voters and the strong finish in November of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino could represent an opening.

"If everything went right for us, if Obama continues to fight with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, if the Iran deal falls apart or is seen as dangerous irresponsible, if the economy continues to slow and Schumer, as the Democratic leader, has to defend all of that, who knows what could happen?" the strategist told the Post.

Schumer is expected to become the next Senate Democratic leader when Harry Reid retires from the post.

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