From the Daily News:
State Republicans focused on returning the Senate to GOP control may turn Queens County into a political ground zero in their all-out effort for 2010.
City Councilman Eric Ulrich, who was reelected to his seat last week, is being courted by state Republicans to run for Senate next year against Joe Addabbo, a race that could have a long-lasting impact on the party's viability in the state, according to multiple sources.
Democrats currently have a slim majority in the Senate at 32-30, and both parties are focused on being in control in 2010-11 when mandatory redistricting takes place.
If the GOP loses, Senate Republicans could be in the wilderness for years to come.
"Senate Republicans have approached me," said Ulrich, who first won his seat in a special election in February. "That's not a decision I'm going to make until next year."
Ragusa mentioned former Councilman Anthony Como as another potential contender for Addabbo's seat saying, "I'll try and talk him into it."
Please don't, Phil. On election day this year, he still had at least one of his council campaign signs up from election day 2008:
What about that cushy 6-figure no-show job you arranged for him to get? He'd give that up to schlep back and forth to Albany? Or did that die along with democracy in this city?
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