CNBC host Larry Kudlow declines to rule out bid to unseat Schumer

CNBC host and supply-side economist Larry Kudlow will not say — among encouragement from a group of New York free market champions — if he’s considering challenging Sen. Chuck Schumer for his New York Senate seat up for election this year.

“The only thing I’ve said and I’ll continue to say is I’m honored to be considered,” Kudlow told The Daily Caller. “I’m really flattered.”

An online draft movement — draftkudlow.com — is encouraging Kudlow to enter the race as a Republican. The group, which emerged after Massachusetts elected Republican Scott Brown to the Senate this week, says on its Web site that it’s time “deliver Chuck Schumer his own Scott Brown.”

“Until Scott Brown was elected to the U.S. Senate by the loopy liberals in Massachusetts, nobody thought it was possible to beat Schumer. Now the game has changed,” the Web site reads.

Kudlow, reached by phone, declined to elaborate, only saying: “It’s too soon.” Yet he said “defeating Senator Schumer would be a noble cause.”

In its pitch for Kudlow, the group argues “the thoughtful, well-spoken and original analyst is one of the most effective debaters on the right.”

The draft movement is co-chaired by Dr. David Tukey, a former McCain-Palin Deputy Regional Campaign Manager, and Michael Caputo, a speechwriter for former Rep. Jack Kemp.

Tukey said the idea came about as he and some “free-market guys who get together pretty frequently” in New York City had a conversation about how their ideal officeholder would be someone who “really understands fiscal policy.”

Using that perspective, Tukey said, they thought of Kudlow. While they had been kicking around the idea around for some time of suggesting the supply-sider for office, he said that after Brown’s “historic win on Tuesday night, we decided maybe it was really time to go live with it.”

Tukey said he doesn’t know Kudlow and hasn’t heard from the CNBC host since the group launched the site.

“Right now we’re just getting the idea out there and seeing what will happen,” Tukey said.

Kudlow is the founder and chief executive of Kudlow and Company, an economic research and consulting firm. He also anchors CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report,” co-anchors CNBC’s “The Call and hosts “The Larry Kudlow Show” on WABC Radio. Last year, Kudlow had been mentioned as a possible Republican candidate for the Senate in Connecticut, though he opted against a run.

Schumer, in his third term in the Senate, was elected in 2004 with more than 70 percent of the vote. He is expected to run for a fourth term in November. His office did immediately return a reporter’s request for comment.

Others involved in the drafting effort are:

  • Bryan Beshore, an internet entrepreneur
  • Katie Lyn McDonald a Ticonderoga County Conservative Party committee woman
  • Boris Epshteyn, communications aide for McCain-Palin
  • Matthew Pizzi, an entrepreneur and investment professional
  • Andrew J. Miller, Tea Party Patriots
  • Viola Hunter, former vice chairman of New York State Conservative Party
  • Brett Joshpe, an attorney and co-author of “Why You’re Wrong About the Right”
  • Eric Miller, Tea Party Patriots
  • John R. Lakian, Club for Growth
  • John Abraham, vice chair Erie County Conservative Party Executive Committee
  • Harold R. Schroeder, executive secretary Erie County Conservative Party Executive Committee.

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  • joltinjoe

    When Hillary and Chuck are the best New York can offer the Senate, you can see how easily Chuck can be beaten. I predict here and now, 56% for Kudlow and 42% for Chuck. The 2% missing won’t matter. Now you know.

  • billbrady

    Not being from New York I don’t know much about Kudlow but I dearly would love to see the people of New York give Schumer a pink slip. Most of the posts present Kudlow as a real fiscal conservative? Excellent. Where does he stand on 2d Amendment, abortion, border security, amnesty, climate change, trying terrorists in civil court, closing Gitmo, the war on terror in general, gay marriage, energy development ? ? There’s more but I think it’s always best to consider the entire package rather than a single issue. JMO.

    • joltinjoe

      I think, generally, he is on the “right” side of all the issues you mention. He’s a conservative. Good point to make, however. If he runs we will find out.

  • lamecherry

    sAs Mr. Kudlow has had the effects of the Obama kool aid wear off, I heartily support his entering the race to defeat Chuck Schumer.

    Mr. Schumer was very good for New York after 9 11, when like most liberals he had the fear of God put into him, but soon enough he stabbed President Bush in the back and acted like the same awful soul he has always been in climbing up the political ladder for power. Chuck Schumer is the same fraud Keith Olbermann is in inciting liberals to react so Democrats can use them for power.

    Mr. Kudlow is exactly the same Jack Kemp Conservative economic lead New York desperately needs, and who America will need as the Obama avalanche of debt brings America to 3rd world monetary state.

    New York has not had any Senators of note since Dan Pat passed away, who actually did something for New York and actually did something in America’s interest. I urge Mr. Kudlow to run as he was made for the United States Senate.

  • upstater85

    Gillibrand might be more vulnerable, though…

  • blue2red

    Having been a volunteer in the Senator Brown campaign, I know that the support he received from outside the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was important. I am prepared to reciprocate and support a strong conservative opponent to Schumer. I believe Kudlow is that person and I would wholeheartedly support his run to unseat one of the most horrific Democrats in the Senate.

    GO KUDLOW!!! (even sounds good)

  • adamincalifornia

    Schumer has $16 Million on hand.


    Where does he get that from? Well for his current term, his top 5 industries that give him money are:

    Securities & Investment
    Lawyers/Law Firms
    Real Estate
    Misc Finance

    Is it any surprise that the Banking crisis occured on his watch as Committee Chair of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee? The Committee that oversees corporate donations to Senators? Is it any surprise that banks got their bad “investments” paid off by tax payers?

    One other thing to note: Chuck has not placed a single dollar of his own money into his campaigns. Not a single dollar in the last 6 years.

    Chuck Schumer – man of the people.

    [and Democrats want you to think that big corporate donors had no way to corrupt politicians until yesterday, and maintain that no Democrat can be bought anyway – only Republicans.]