Al Franken Rules Out Challenge To Kirsten Gillibrand

Politico Playbook reports

Since moving to the Upper West Side in New York earlier this year, Al Franken has been sounding out confidantes about primarying his nemesis Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in 2024, multiple sources tell Playbook. The former Senator from Minnesota fueled speculation when he told the New York Times a month ago, “I am keeping my options open,” when asked about running for Senate in New York.

But according to his spokesperson, those options do not include taking on Gillibrand. Franken declined to comment by phone when we asked about his interest in primarying Gillibrand. He referred us to his spokeswoman, who said “he has no intention of running for Senate.” She followed up later with a more narrow statement from Franken. “Yes, I miss the Senate but I’m not going to run against Kirsten Gillibrand,” it read.

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