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MSNBC host S.E. Cupp urged to run for mayor of New York City as a Republican

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

S.E. Cupp, the lone conservative voice on MSNBC’s afternoon show “The Cycle,” is being urged to run for mayor of New York City as a Republican, The Daily Caller has learned.

But Cupp tells TheDC that despite the urging from political operatives, she’s not interested in leaving her TV gig for Gracie Mansion.

“While I’m flattered by the interest, it is not something I’m considering at this time,” Cupp said Thursday in an email. “I have my hands full with print and broadcast commentary, and five or six jobs that I love.”

Among those who have discussed with Cupp the prospect of a mayoral campaign are Sam Nunberg, a New York-city based political consultant, and Roger Stone, a former Richard Nixon aide and long time political operative who managed “Manhattan Madam” Kristin Davis’ run for governor of New York in 2010.

“Sam Nunberg and Roger Stone did approach me last year about the prospect of running for mayor of New York City,” Cupp explained. “And earlier this week, Sam contacted me again to discuss it, indicating that he had voluntarily put together a strategy and reached out to potential donors to elicit support.”

(Stone on Thursday said he’s supporting Davis in her Libertarian bid for mayor).

Nunberg told TheDC that he’s still working to get Cupp, who has written for The Daily Caller, to consider a run.

“This past week I met with her and talked overall strategy, messaging and communications,” he said.

A Cupp candidacy, he argued, “would be a major coup for the Republican party.”

“With the deficiency the GOP just suffered with young single women, S.E. would give the party a major image boost,” Nunberg said.

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