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Turner to Run For Senate: Report

Ninth District Congressman will take on Gillibrand, Politico says.

Well that sure didn't take long.

, U.S. Rep. Bob Turner, R-Forest Hills, is reportedly telling local Republicans that he'll be taking on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the fall.

Politico reported this morning that Turner, , will take on Gillibrand instead of running for a second House term in a possible new district.

If Turner — — had planned run where he currently lives, he would have been in a race against U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks in a very different demographic area.

Turner's campaign e-mailed the following statement:

"I will travel to the Republican State Convention in Rochester later this week and humbly ask for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate. I will respectfully ask for the Conservative nomination a few days later at that Party's convention. I have made my intentions known to the other Republican candidates in this race," Turner said.

"I ran for the House six months ago as a private citizen fed up with what is happening in Washington.  I could not sit and watch career politicians sink my nation deeper into economic crisis.  Brooklyn and Queens voters, of all political parties, graciously responded by sending me to Congress. It now appears that their district has been eliminated," he added.

"There is serious work to be done to get this economy back on track, and I will not walk away from that work now. I will run for the Senate, and I will run to win."

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