Green Formally Jumps Into N.Y. Senate Race
NEW YORK (AllPolitics, Feb. 5) -- New York City Public Advocate Mark Green launched his bid for the Democratic nomination for New York's U.S. Senate seat Wednesday, delivering a sharp attack against his possible opponent, incumbent Republican Sen. Alfonse D'Amato.
While Green, 52, has been positioning himself for a run over the past year, Wednesday's event served as the official kick-off of his campaign. Following the morning's event at a lower Manhattan hotel, Green began a two-day, nine-city tour of the state.
"I won't work for the lobbyists and special interests. I'll work for you. That's not a slogan. That's my life," Green told a cheering crowd.
The consumer advocate is competing for his party's nomination with former senator and vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro and Brooklyn Congressman Chuck Schumer. The primary will be decided Sept. 15.
But it was D'Amato who was on the receiving end of Green's harshest criticism, calling him "an ethically challenged, hypocritical incumbent." Green claims credit for the Senate Ethics Committee probe that reprimanded the senator for "misuse of office" a decade ago.
Green said that he was the best Democratic candidate to oust D'Amato. "One candidate [Ferraro] is banking on her fame, another candidate [Schumer] is banking on his bank. I'm banking on voters. I get votes, I get results," Green said.
D'Amato easily defeated Green in 1986, but Green said he is now "12 years older, tougher, wiser."
A three-term veteran, D'Amato is the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.