The deck chairs are shifting.
In the wake of Suzi Oppenheimer's announced retirement after the 2012 legislative session and the news yesterday that former Rye Mayor Steve Otis is considering a ruhttp://www.myrye.com/my_weblog/2012/01/former-rye-mayor-otis-planning-state-office-run.htmln for George Latimer's State Assembly seat, we now know Latimer's plans.
Latimer is considering his prospects at winning Oppenheimer's seat and expects to make a decision in the next month or so. Oppenheimer ran a close race last season against Republican Bob Cohen.
"I'm doing my due diligence on the Senate race - what will it take to run the run? Can I raise the amount of money necessary to be competitive? Do I have the kind of broad-based support I would need to compete? What communities will be in the district - the redistricting process is rumored to change the district lines dramatically, and to benefit Bob Cohen and the GOP substantially," Latimer told MyRye.com in his usual plain-speak.
"I know in the world of pol-speak it all sounds like a dodge, but in the world of business, or buying a house or a car, or figuring out what college to attend, it's just a natural process to assess all the elemnts before jumping. You know I'll let you know ASAP once I've decided. I haven't been especially coy; I've said I'm certainly interested in the seat. I do think I'm looking at a month or so - which still gives us all 9 months to have a rip-roaring political season."