January 27, 2005
You Hillary watchers out there need to sit up and take notice of this little item in the New York Daily News today. Seems that some are suggesting the tough and brilliant Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, is considering challenging Hillary -- I'll-do-anything-to-be-president-including-pretending-to-abandon-all-my-core-beliefs -- Clinton, for her New York Senate seat in 2006. Hillary may be tough, but Mrs. Pirro is too. I've been extremely impressed with this lady every time I've heard her speak, on Hannity and Colmes and elsewhere. No matter what Mrs. Pirro's chances of winning, her decision to challenge Hillary -- would be a very good thing.
Posted by David Limbaugh at January 27, 2005 10:10 AM
Hil vs. Pirro in '06?
Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro is considering challenging the former First Lady, according to political insiders.
The GOP crimefighter, who is running for reelection this year, is not publicly discussing plans for higher office.
But Pirro has a dizzying fund-raising schedule and the enthusiastic backing of Gov. Pataki. "We love Jeanine," said a source in Pataki's camp.
Sources say it is becoming less likely by the day that former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who may be eying the White House, will challenge Clinton for the Senate seat.
A Clinton-Pirro contest has the makings of a marquee matchup between two controversial and ambitious women.
"This wouldn't be just a battle," longtime Pirro friend and Westchester radio station owner Bill O'Shaughnessy told the Daily News. "It would be a catfight, and my money would be on Jeanine."
"There'll be more interest in this than in 'Desperate Housewives,'" he added.
Never one to shy from the limelight, Pirro has an active schedule planned.
Last night, Mayor Bloomberg hosted a $1,000-a-plate fund-raiser for Pirro at his upper East Side digs. On Feb 10, she will stage a $250-a-head soiree headlined by radio and TV personality Sean Hannity. And this weekend, Pirro is booked to speak to influential Conservative Party operatives.
That party's leader, Mike Long, said Pirro's crime-fighting pedigree makes her an attractive candidate to his group, even though she is pro-choice. "I certainly think Jeanine could go toe-to-toe with the senator," said Long.
Pirro carries the baggage of husband Al Pirro's 2000 conviction on federal tax evasion charges, which included allegations he fudged the couple's joint returns to support their lavish lifestyle.
But O'Shaughnessy insisted she could get around that issue. "You cannot hold the omissions of the husband against the wife who has her own career," he said.
Pirro's spokeswoman, Ann Marie Corbalis, insisted her boss plans to remain district attorney "as long as the people of Westchester want her."
But Westchester GOP consultant Mike Edelman said Pirro is "taking a good hard look" at the 2006 state attorney general race, and a challenge against Clinton.