A member of Congress has cleared the way for New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to run for governor.[@@]
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a potential rival, announced today that he will stay in the U.S. Senate rather than trying to run for governor.
Incoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., persuaded Schumer to stay in Congress by making him head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee through the 2006 midterm elections. Reid also gave Schumer a seat on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, apparently in exchange for Schumer’s commitment to stay in Washington.
Schumer, who raised more than any other senator for his re-election campaign this year, agreed to the deal after Reid said he would allow Schumer to retain his seats and seniority on the equally important Banking and Judiciary committees.