Manhattan pres. Scott Stringer (D) — a one-time candidate against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) — plans to endorse her today. Stringer: “Obviously, she has successfully gone through her own evolution on a lot of issues and has said she’s reaching out and learning every day — and I think that’s sincere and real. I’m actually excited to go out and campaign for her.”
In Mar., Stringer announced he was forming an exploratory cmte to challenge her, but he “ended his flirtation” in mid-May, after the WH asked Rep. Steve Israel (D-02) “to abandon his own candidacy.” ‘06 candidate Jonathan Tasini (D) is already in the race, and Suffolk Co. Maj. Leader Jon Cooper (D) “is still weighing to run.” Stringer is Gillibrand’s first “would-be challenger” to endorse her (Dovere, “City Hall News,” 12/6).