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Maloney decides against Senate run

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro and Alex Beinstein
New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

has reversed course and decided against a challenge to New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010, the New York Times reports.

The Times: "A person close to Mrs. Maloney, a Democrat from Manhattan, said she made her decision not to run after days of agonizing over the fact that running meant she would have to leave her current job at a point when she had significant seniority in Congress. 'It's been a tough decision for her,' said the Maloney associate who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter."

Maloney's decision is not much of a surprise. New York liberals were irritated that Gov. David Paterson nominated a centrist to replace Hillary Clinton. They thought Gillibrand's position on guns, in particular, was too out of step with the whole of New York State. Gillibrand

had to hold more conservative positions than officials from New York City, for example, because she ran -- and won -- in an Upstate district that was traditionally held by Republicans.

Maloney became the leading opposition primary voice to Gillibrand. But New York's senior senator, Chuck Schumer, took Gillibrand under his wing. Gillibrand has since shifted to a more liberal position on guns and gun control and also got some TV time in being able to introduce Sonia Sotomayor, who will be sworn in as the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice tomorrow.