Adviser says Westchester DA Pirro to challenge Clinton's Senate re-election bid

A top adviser says Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro will seek the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's bid for re-election next year.

The adviser said Pirro planned to tour the state Wednesday to formally announce her decision. There was no immediate comment Monday from Pirro.

The 53-year-old announced May 23 she would not seek a fourth term as district attorney, but would run for statewide office in 2006. She would not say whether that would be U.S. Senate, governor if Republican Gov. Pataki did not seek a fourth term, or state attorney general, an office being vacated by Democrat Eliot Spitzer, who is running for governor.

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