GOP leaders try to sway Pirro towards attorney general race

Some Republican leaders are trying to persuade Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro to abandon her bid for the U.S. Senate in favor of the state attorney general seat.

Many Republican leaders believe that Pirro can serve her party better running for attorney general. The say Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who is running for governor, are strong Democratic candidates who will draw a lot of voters. Many say Pirro as a moderate Republican could get crossover votes for attorney general, which would be unlikely for U.S. Senate.

The state Conservative Party leader Michael Long has made it clear to Pirro that she won't get that party line if she runs for U.S. Senate.

Related stories Former Yonkers mayor weighs in on Pirro's political future Pirro defends husband amid claims he's trying to push her out of Senate race Embattled Pirro says she is still in the race for U.S. Senate

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