Former Westchester County congressman Joseph DioGuardi said he’ll decide officially in the next few weeks whether to run for the U.S. Senate against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
DioGuardi, a Republican, said “I’m leaning very heavily toward running.” And he said he would have a famous co-chair of his finance committee: his daughter, Kara DioGuardi, a judge on American Idol.
The Ossining resident served two terms in the U.S. House, from 1985 thorugh 1989, and runs Truth In Government, a non-profit organization “dedicated to strengthening our country’s financial foundation by promoting accountability and transparency in congressional spending and reporting.”
DioGuardi, 69, spoke earlier this week at the state Conservative Party Political Action Conference and said today “at the end of it I said look, the bottom line now is we’re spending money we don’t have – which I said back then — and we’re borrowing from countries we don’t trust.”
Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long said DioGuardi is someone the Conservative Party would have to consider for its nomination, along with other Senate candidates, former Nassau County Legislator Bruce Blakeman and former Rudy Giuliani aide David Malpass, who is considering a run.
“He minced no words about that he getting ready in a couple of weeks to make an announcement,” Long said of DioGuardi. “He certainly has experience and background and he’s run before and he’s been in Congress.”
In other races, Long noted that he was particularly impressed with Scarsdale-resident Harry Wilson, a Republican who is planning a run for state comptroller.
“He’s a real fresh face. He delivered a great, positive message. I think people really liked him,” Long said.